(PRWEB) July 21, 2014
In this jazz rhythm guitar lesson Jon MacLennan teaches an exercise to work on 7th chord voicings on the lower strings of the guitar that incorporate melodies. Jon starts off in the key of G at the third fret and ascends up the fret board diatonically through all of the chords in the scale. MacLennan uses chord voicing’s that leave his first finger free to play the melody notes that go along with the chord voicings. The chord voicing’s that Jon demonstrates are as follows; GM7 (G major seven) and the added melody note makes the chord voicing become G6, Am7 (A minor seven), Bm7 (B minor seven), CM7 (C major seven), D7, Em7 (E minor seven), F#m7b5 (F sharp minor seven flat five) and finally GM7 again, but one octave higher. To get the most benefit from this exercise it is recommended to practice it both ascending and descending. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy jazz guitar lesson at GuitarControl.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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