(PRWEB) April 22, 2014
The origins of Slide playing have been traced back to single string African instruments. A Slide can be made of steel, glass, porcelain, ceramic or any flat smooth object and is usually designed to be worn on the finger of the fretting hand. Slide guitar became a staple of the blues guitar sound early on first being recorded in 1923 by Sylvester Weaver. The Slide is pressed against the strings lightly parallel to the frets without touching them to so that pitch can be continuously changed by sliding up and down the fingerboard without touch the frets.
“You can use this lick wherever you have a Dominant 7th chord,” says MacLennan. Jon demonstrates this blues lick in the key of A as follows; first he slides into the 14th fret of the 2nd string from the 12th fret, which he says is the major third, then he slides up to the 15th fret and then back to the 14th fret and then down to the root note on the 10th fret. Jon says that the timing for that phrase is counted as 1 & 2 3. Next Jon plays the 6th and 5th of the chord at the 11th and 9th frets of the 3rd string and then back to the root on the 10th fret of the 2nd string and then back to the third again on the 14th fret. Jon continues this lesson by demonstrating the lick over a backing track so you can hear it in the context of a blues progression. Guitar TAB’s are available for this blues guitar lesson at BluesGuitar.com.
Los Angeles based guitarist Jon MacLennan began his career at the age of 16 and is one of the busiest upcoming session guitarist, artist, composer, producer, and professional educator in LA. Jon has done session work for Julian Lennon, Steven Tyler, and British pop star Jamie Cullum. He has appeared on Disney channels “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and on the sound track to the movie “Marley and Me 2 – The Puppy Years”. MacLennan earned a bachelor’s in ethnomusicology and jazz guitar studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and has been mentored by Carl Verheyen, Wolf Marshall, Kenny Burrell, Anthony Wilson, Tamir Hendelmen, Jimmy Wyble and Ron Anthony which has made him a highly sought after guitar instructor today.
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