The cascading waterfall of sound that is Eric Johnson's lead playing has captivated players and listeners for 30 years. In Johnson's ethereal soundscape, all the edges are smoothed away. Even the distinction between scales and arpeggios seems to blur. His patterns tumble imperceptibly through positions. And his limitless supply of sparsely voiced diatonic chord substitutions only enhances the vertigo.
Eric Johnson recently shared this visually dark but fun video on his Facebook page, and we thought we'd pass it on. It's a clip of Johnson and guitarist Mike Stern playing Johnson's signature tune, "Cliffs of Dover," at soundcheck during a stop on the duo's current tour.
It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals! In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, Way Huge and MXR pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — ending with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.
Recorded at Johnson’s studio in Austin, Texas, Eclectic — which will be released October 27 — is a tasty collection of songs highlighting the strengths of each guitarist. With an infectious rhythm section consisting of drummer Anton Fig (The Late Show with David Letterman) along with Johnson’s regular bassist, Chris Maresh.
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Alright, you’re about to get schooled by Eric Johnson (again). While it’s typical to see Johnson deliver his signature smooth and soaring electric lead playing, here we see him with an acoustic in hand. And, no surprise, his delivery in “Tribute to Jerry Reed” is drool-worthy. Plus he’s got amazing hair!
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Forty Mile Town," the new lyric video by Eric Johnson. The airy and glistening track is from Johnson's new live album, Europe Live, which was released today, June 24, via Mascot Label Group's Provogue Records.
I often get asked about my chord work, particularly about the voicings I use. My chord style initially developed as a result of my dissatisfaction with the way traditional guitar voicings, particularly triads, sounded.
In case you missed it over the holidays, guitarist Eric Johnson released a new single, "To Whom It May Concern," December 17 via Vortexan Music. Johnson has posted a 30-second clip of the song to his Soundcloud account, and you can check it out below.
This particular lick, and the style I've developed, is the result of my obsession with Eric Johnson. When I first saw him play, I was so captivated and blown away that I set about learning everything and anything I could of his work. Until I discovered his playing, my influences where SRV, Hendrix, Beck and Clapton. My love of the blues-rock guitar style and tonality is something I can't shake.