Announcement: Releases “Cool Guitar Chord Exercise Using the Thumb - Rhythm Guitar Lesson”

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Using the thumb over the top of the neck with the fretting hand is a sometimes overlooked, but very useful technique. In this easy rhythm guitar lesson from Jon MacLennan demonstrates an easy way to work on this technique by playing chord voicings that ascend a scale up the fret board of the guitar. Starting off in the key of F MacLennan demonstrates the exercise using the following chord voicing’s; FM7 (F major seven), Gm7 (G minor seven), Am7, BbM7 (B flat major seven), C7, Dm7, Em7b5 (E minor seven flat five) and finally FM7 on the octave. Jon explains that taking these common jazz guitar chord shapes and playing the lowest note of the chord with the thumb instead of how one traditional would play it and then play these chords up and down the fret board anyone will get accustomed to playing this way. MacLennan continues by demonstrating the fingerings for these alternate chord voicing’s. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy rhythm guitar lesson at

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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