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Lick of the Day: Eric Johnson-Inspired Melodic Climb

This is an Eric Johnson-inspired melodic climb in the key of E. It's based on a six-note sequence that I transpose to different tonal centers as I move up and across the neck. The first part of the lick, up until the legato ending, is all alternate picked with palm muting. ... …

An 'Up Close' Gear Tour with Eric Johnson in Minneapolis

Ah, the quest for tone. I imagine that sooner or later, every musician desires to possess a sound that flows with the sweet feeling of inspiration. The quest might be as simple as finding an axe that feels right to your hands. Oftentimes, the process is a long, slow love affair, constantly expanding, contracting and evolving. Eric Johnson is a long-tenured seeker who has certainly reaped... …

Eric Johnson's Latest Release to Get Vinyl Treatment

Eric Johnson's latest release, Up Close, was a long time in the making (five and a half years). But as evidenced by its reception and its impressive list of special guests (Sonny Landreth, Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan and Jonny Lang), the wait was well worth it. ... …

Eric Johnson to Release New Full-Length

Guitarist Eric Johnson has announced the release of his sixth studio album, Up Close, on his own Vortexan Music label (via EMI Distribution) on December 7th 2010. The 15-track disc presents 14 new Johnson compositions plus his version of the Electric Flag song “Texas,” and features guest appearances by fellow master players Jimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth on guitar and vocals by Steve Miller,... …

100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 17 "Cliffs of Dover" (Eric Johnson)

“I don’t even know if I can take credit for writing ‘Cliffs of Dover,’ ” says Eric Johnson of his best-known composition. “It was just there for me one day. There are songs I have spent months writing, and I literally wrote this one in five minutes. The melody was there in one minute and the other parts came together in another four. I think a lot of the stuff just comes through us like that.... …

Born to Burn: Eric Johnson

    Born to Burn: Why I Play Guitar Originally printed in Guitar World, October 1992 Eric Johnson “I started playing guitar when I was about 11 years old. I was able to pick up a lot of it by ear since I had been playing piano from the age of five. When the electric guitar started becoming so prominent in the early Sixties, I really got jazzed up by it. So when I started playing guitar, it... …

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