(PRWEB) April 26, 2014
“Today we want to practice some intonation and playing some chords with the slide”, says MacLennan. Jon says that he is in standard tuning and that this is a 12 bar blues in the key of G and that he will be playing over the 1 – 4 – 5 chord progression. The first chord that Jon demonstrates is the one chord by placing the slide over the 12th fret on the 4th and 3rd strings. Next Jon demonstrates the four chord by moving the slide to the 5th fret of the 4th and 3rd strings and then back to the one chord again. Next Jon demonstrates the five chord by moving the slide to the 7th fret of the 4th and 3rd strings and then back to the four chord and then to the one chord to finish off the 12 bar progression. MacLennan continues this easy blues guitar lesson by performing it over a backing track so you can easily follow along. Guitar TAB’s are available for this blues guitar lesson at BluesGuitar.com.
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.
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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