(PRWEB) May 06, 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 is a great example of how the blues influenced rock and roll and is really prevalent all over even into pop music now days, but especially in classic rock,” says MacLennan. Jon says that there are three chords that you have to learn for the rhythm part of this song which are: D7 that consists of 7th fret of the 5th string with 3rd finger, 4th fret of the 4th string with 2nd finger, 5th fret of the 3rd string with 3rd finger and 3rd fret of the 2nd string with first finger. A G7 played as a bar chord by baring your first finger across all strings at the 3rd fret, 5th fret of the 5th string with 3rd finger and 4th fret of the 3rd string with 2nd finger and A7 which consists of the same shape as G7 except moved up one whole step to the 5th fret. This chord progression is performed in the 12 bar progression used in many blues songs. Jon continues this lesson by performing the song so you can easily follow along with him. Guitar TAB’s are available at BluesGuitar.com.
George Harrison was an English musician, singer and song writer from Liverpool England. George is most known for being a founding member of The Beatles. After The Beatles disbanded in 1970 Harrison launched a solo career that yielded 12 studio albums and numerous guest appearances for other artists. Harrison passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 from lung cancer.
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 soundtrack 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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