Announcement: Releases “Blues Rhythm Guitar Riff in the Style of La Grange by ZZ Top - Blues Guitar Lesson”

In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a cool riff from the song La Grange by ZZ Top.

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(PRWEB) April 30, 2014

A “riff” is the catchy part of a song that sticks in your head. One of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time is “Smoke on the water” by Deep Purple.

“This riff is basically an A Blues”, says MacLennan. Jon demonstrates this riff using the hybrid picking technique as follows: make an A Major chord by baring your first finger across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings with your first finger and picking the 3rd and 4th strings simultaneously with the 2nd and 3rd fingers on your right hand. After each pluck Jon says you have to release the pressure on the strings with your left hand so the notes are muted. This sequence is repeated a few times and followed by playing the open 5th string to the 3rd fret with first finger back to the open string to the 5th fret with 3rd finger, all done with the guitar pick. Jon continues by demonstrating an alternate way to play this riff. Guitar TAB’s are available at

ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in Houston Texas in 1969. They are one of the few major recording artists to have kept the same lineup for more than 40 years and they are noted for there technical mastery. Over the course of there career they have had 11 Gold Records, 7 Platinum Records and 13 Multi Platinum Records. Their 1983 album Eliminator was their most commercially successful, selling 10 million copies. They have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Jon MacLennan
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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