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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on YouTube.com, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a classic blues pentatonic lick in the key of E that can be used as intro for a 12 bar blues progression.
(PRWEB) February 14, 2014
The 12 Bar Blues Progression is one of the most common chord progressions in popular music. It is most commonly based on the 1-4-5 or 1-4-5-b6 (flat 6) chord progressions. The last two measures is usually a turnaround. The Turnaround is used many styles of music. The Blues Turnaround or V, VI, I (5-4-1) Turnaround came from the Ragtime Blues era. The cadence of the Blues Turnaround is backwards from traditional western music. The job of the Blues Turnaround is to show the listener where the chord progression ends and starts over, it does this by ending on the V (five) of the chord progression making it want to resolve back to the I (one).
MacLennan explains that this lick is based in the open E pentatonic scale and he demonstrates the lick as follows; open 2nd string and then 3rd fret 2nd string with 3rd finger, bending slightly, to open first string to 3rd fret first string, with a slight bend and then back to the open first string. Next he descends the scale ending on an E on the 2nd fret of the 4th string and finally ends the lick by fretting an open E7 chord and doing a hammer-on from the open 3rd string to the first fret. You can try mixing things up by doing hammer-on and pull-offs throughout the scale. Guitar TABs are available for this blues 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 bachelors 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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