Jon MacLennan


Eagles SECRET Guitar Tuning Revealed (Best Of My Love Guitar Lesson)

rock Oct 03, 2023

I’m a guitar nerd. I’ve been obsessed with playing and studying this wonderful instrument for over 25 years. 

And the story I’m about to tell you is the absolute truth, as incredible as it may seem.

It all started one day sitting down in my studio creating a new song lesson for you... 

After countless hours of listening...

I'd figured out the basic chords to this iconic song but something still wasn't right...

Suddenly I had this unusual thought to try changing the tuning...

What happened next was I stumbled upon a magical SECRET...

A SECRET that has not been uncovered for the past 50 years...

Instantly the chords that came from my guitar sounded GLORIOUS...they were none I've ever played...

What I am about to share with you is incredibly RARE...

In fact, you won't find this ANYWHERE on the internet…  

There is not one single video online that reveals what you are about to see…

But because you are here with me…

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Beast of Burden Guitar Lesson (Rolling Stones)

rock Oct 02, 2023

Keith Richards said, "Music is a great healer, a great diffuser of things. It's a great way to express yourself." 

I couldn’t agree more. And that’s why today I wanted to share with you a classic Rolling Stones tune that hits on all 3 of these points.

The groove and vibe will give you a healing feeling. 

The lyrics are about diffusing any problems and tensions within a relationship. 

And finally, the chords and solo sections are a great way to express yourself on the guitar.

So tune up, and get ready, as we dive into this “Beast of Burden” guitar lesson.

Who wrote Beast of Burden?

"Beast of Burden" was written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood. The song was recorded for their 1978 album titled Some Girls, which is considered one of the band's most successful and iconic albums.

The recording of "Beast of Burden" took place at the Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France, and overdubbed at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles,...

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Satisfaction Guitar Lesson (Rolling Stones)

rock Oct 01, 2023

There’s something that I noticed about some of the BIGGEST guitar riffs of all time. I am talking about the fist-pumping anthems you hear played at sports events and ones that seem to hit home with virtually everyone. In fact, when you think about it, it’s kind of a crazy idea. 

What am I talking about?

I am talking about a one-string riff. And despite its simplicity, a well-crafted one-string riff can create a catchy and memorable song. 

Today I want to explore this idea with you in this “Satisfaction” guitar lesson.

So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s get started!

Who wrote Satisfaction

The song "Satisfaction" was primarily written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger, the band's lead vocalist, contributed the lyrics, and Keith Richards, the guitarist, came up with the iconic one-string guitar riff that defines the song. 

The songwriting credit officially goes to "Jagger/Richards," which was the...

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Play Like Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry Rhythm Guitar Lesson

rock Sep 30, 2023

Today I want to share with you insights into Chuck Berry’s signature guitar style. In this guitar lesson, we’ll dive into Berry’s rhythm and lead styles, and I’ll show you how to understand the concepts behind what he was doing so you can use this in your own music. 

Berry is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. By studying his guitar style, you can gain a deeper understanding of the genre's roots and its evolution straight out of the blues. Berry's innovative guitar techniques laid the foundation for countless rock and roll artists who followed him.

So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s get started!

Chuck Berry Rhythms

One of the first things that you’ll notice about Berry’s rhythms is that he often departed from the typical bar chord shapes and instead relied heavily upon blues rhythm patterns.

For example, if a song was in the key of A, instead of playing an open position A chord and strumming it...

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Something Guitar Lesson (Beatles)

rock Sep 28, 2023

Today I want to share with you a song that Frank Sinatra had very high praise for.

In fact, he often referred to it as “the greatest love song ever written" when he introduced it at his live concerts.

And I would definitely agree with Sinatra…

I think it’s one of the best ones I have ever heard too… 

The guitar solo in it is incredible as well. 

It’s a perfect example of taste and melodic lead playing. (It also uses the CAGED system, and is perfect for players who are studying CAGED)

So if you’d like to play it, then you are in luck because I’m going to break down all the chords, rhythms, key changes, and even the solo for you today in this “Something” guitar lesson.

So tune up and let’s begin!

Who wrote Something?

"Something" is a classic song by The Beatles, written by George Harrison. It was released on their 1969 album Abbey Road. The song was primarily composed by George Harrison, making it one of his most...

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Messin' With The Kid Guitar Lesson (Buddy Guy & Junior Wells)

blues Sep 18, 2023


"Messin' with the Kid" is a blues song originally recorded by Junior Wells in 1960. It is an up-tempo twelve-bar blues that alternates between Afro-Cuban- and Little Richard-style rhythmic accompaniment. The song is considered a blues standard and has been recorded by a variety of artists, including The Blues Brothers.

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at how to play "Messin' with the Kid" on guitar. We will learn the basic chords and progression, as well as some of the more advanced techniques licks too.

So grab your guitar and let’s get started!

Messin' with the Kid Chords

The basic chords in "Messin' with the Kid" are C7, F7, and G7. 

All three of these chords can use the same chord grip, just shifted around the neck.

Here is how I would play each chord.

For C7 I would play this:

F7 can be played the same way just shifted higher up the neck like this:

And finally, G7 is again the same shape. However this time I shifted the entire chord grip to...

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How to Play Happy Birthday on Guitar (With Bluesy Ending)

blues Sep 17, 2023

Today I want to share with you how to play “Happy Birthday” on guitar. Plus as a bonus at the end I will also share how to add a cool bluesy ending to it.

Playing “Happy Birthday” for your friends and family can mean a lot to them. Therefore, it’s a great one to know. You want to be able to pull it off at the drop of a hat.

So in this lesson, I am going to cover everything you need to know to do exactly that. 

So get tuned up, and let’s get started!

What are the chords for Happy Birthday?

To play “Happy Birthday” on guitar you will only need to know 3 chords. The chords we are going to play are G, C, and D. Here is how I would play each shape. 

For G, I would play all 6 strings and use 4 fingers in the fretting hand like this: 

D is the next chord we will move to in the progression, and this one is played from the 4th string down like this:

And finally, C is the last we will use and this one is played from the 5th...

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The ULTIMATE Before You Accuse Me Guitar Lesson

blues Sep 16, 2023

Today I want to share with you the ULTIMATE “Before You Accuse Me” guitar lesson. 

This song is a classic blues guitar tune and I’m going to break down a number of iconic versions, from the Bob Diddley original version from 1957 to later cover versions as well. 

You’ll learn the chords, theory, and even how to play epic blues solos over this classic blues jam. 

So grab your guitar and let’s get started!

Who wrote Before You Accuse Me?

"Before You Accuse Me" is a classic blues song written and originally recorded by Bo Diddley. "Before You Accuse Me" was recorded in 1957, and released as a single by Checker Records, a subsidiary of Chess Records

The song was part of Bo Diddley's self-titled debut album, which is often referred to as "Bo Diddley."

This groovy tune is considered a blues standard and has been covered by numerous artists over the years, demonstrating its lasting popularity and influence in the world of blues and rock...

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Are You Gonna Go My Way Guitar Lesson (Lenny Kravitz)

blues Sep 16, 2023

Today I want to share with you how I play “Are You Gonna Go My Way” as recorded by Lenny Kravitz. 

I’ve noticed a few things about this song in particular. Things that will help players elevate both their blues and rock playing simultaneously

This song is a great example of how blues guitar led straight into rock. For example, the main riff to “Are You Gonna Go My Way” is a straight-up blues riff. 

In fact, so much so, that it sounds like it could have been played in Muddy Waters’s version of “Catfish Blues.”  

In this post, I’ll walk you through this iconic riff, the chords you’ll need, and even some scales to further explore your own style with it.

So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s get started!

Who wrote Are You Gonna Go My Way:

"Are You Gonna Go My Way" is a song written by Lenny Kravitz and Craig Ross. Kravitz, an American singer-songwriter and musician, composed the music...

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Midnight Rider Guitar Lesson (Allman Brothers Band)

rock Sep 15, 2023

Gregg Allman once said, 

“There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.” 

I couldn’t agree more, and that’s exactly what I want to do today in this “Midnight Rider” guitar lesson.

In this post, you’ll discover how to play the chords, signature riffs, and even the solo to this iconic Allman Brothers Band song step-by-step. 

So grab your guitar tune up and let’s get started!

Who wrote Midnight Rider?

"Midnight Rider" was written by Gregg Allman and Robert Payne. It was first released by the American rock band The Allman Brothers Band on their 1970 album Idlewild South. The song has since become one of the band's most iconic and lasting tracks.

The song features a bluesy and soulful sound, with Gregg Allman's distinctive vocals and the band's signature dual guitar harmonies, courtesy of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. 

The lyrics of "Midnight Rider" convey a sense of restlessness and the longing for...

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