(PRWEB) May 07, 2014
The Pedal Steel Guitar is built on legs and is played horizontally. The instrument is outfitted with pedals to bend the strings pitch and it is played with a guitar slide. The Pedal Steel Guitar is a staple in the sound of country music.
“Today we are going to practice some pedal steel country licks over the blues form, the 12 bar blues,” says MacLennan. Jon demonstrates this easy country lick as follows; 3rd finger on the 12th fret of the 2nd string and bend that note up one whole step and follow that with the 12th fret of the first string with 4th finger. “We’re trying to get the sound of an A chord,” says MacLennan. Next Jon moves to the four chord, D, which he demonstrates as follows; bar your 4th finger across the 10th fret of the first two strings and middle finger on the 9th fret of the 3rd string. Jon picks all three strings simultaneously and bends the 3rd string up one whole step. For the final step, the five chord, which is E, Jon moves the lick for the four chord up one whole step so that you are on the 12th fret of the first two strings and the 11th fret of the 3rd string. Jon continues this easy guitar lesson by demonstrating the licks over a backing track. 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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