Eric Johnson: Total Electric Guitar
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Good news and bad news about this instructional video. Good news: this is the entire VHS copy (with an awesome transfer of video and audio) plus they broke out the lessons in normal and 1/2 speed which you can set (with the DVD menus) to repeat over and over until you figure it out and play it smoothly. Eric also does a great job explaining in detail what he wants to teach you while showing it.
Bad news: after attempting to play what Eric Johnson plays so effortlessly you may soon realize that you're not as good as you once thought you were! May make you want to quit and take up something like origami. Or, this DVD could make you want to practice twice as much and pick up the signature Eric Johnson Strat and try to achieve his clean, pure tone and playing style.
This DVD will show you his playing styles, how he gets his tone, lots of lessons on many styles of playing, we get to watch and listen to a couple of complete original songs (not found anywhere else), and watch Eric show lots of techniques he used on Ah Via Musicom (which hadn't been released when the tape was made) and Tones.
Eric is simply friggin' amazing and for the first time, you get to sit with him and have him explain the stuff that makes him unique. I highly suggest it to people who want to improve at playing guitar (all styles) as well as Eric Johnson fans who just appreciate his ability and want to see him in a private setting with just him solo with he strat.
Every time I see Eric Johnson play, I realize how much I have yet to learn. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes out with an instructional piano video as well after seeing his live acoustic tour a couple years ago.
Thanks Eric... you are amazing. And this video shows that.
As Danny Gatton was known as the Humbler, Eric Johnson could rightly be called the Inspiration. What he does is not so much difficult as it is the epitome of finesse and transparency of technique. After viewing this, you will understand what I mean.
I already know much of what Eric teaches in this session, for that is what it is, a private session (much like you might get at GIT), with a master at the top of his craft. But there is always something to learn even after repeated viewings. I even scanned in the booklet that comes with this so I can break the lessons down and blow up the individual charts for more easy reading.
If you are serious about improving as a player, and if you're looking to be a real professional, you need to get this, if only to see what true professionalism looks and sounds like. The lessons are clear and focused. And with the booklet and the new ability to slow down the examples, you really can learn to play these things. But don't expect to sound like Eric (just as those who tried to, but could never sound like Jimi Hendrix).
You are different and so will always sound different, and that's a plus. But the techniques and all that are included here are part of a "must learn" program you need to create and follow if you want to at least make a good living playing music.Read more ›
If you are a beginner then this is NOT a DVD for you but
for more advanced guitarist that is a good chance to fine-tune
your technique, experiment with new technical and tonal ideas
and learn 30+ good quality runs. Eric is not a professional
instructor but his delivery is natural and inspiring - which is
good because you WILL feel at times rather frustrated watching
the speed and ease with which he delivers. Most of the examples
(30+) are numbered, printed in standard notation and tabs in the
attached booklet and present in slow-down version with same
pitch in the Special Features part of DVD. The intention is for
you to learn them and then experiment with technical/tonal
ideas that Eric discusses. In that that DVD succeeds brilliantly.
I also found that even after first watching it affected my
"touch" on the guitar - you just cannot help mimicking Eric
and you play cleaner and more relaxed passages and pick faster.
I highly recommend it to any intermediate guitarist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The performances are amazing, and the lessons, very useful, but NOT for the novice guitarist. They're hard folks, for anybody. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Eric Johnson is one of a kind artist...THE greatest electric guitarist in my book!!!Published 7 months ago by cyndi newcomer
I originally got this on VHS when it first came out and I found the video to be very informative and educational and had recently re-bought is on DVD for something to practice... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was looking for lots of cool Eric Johnson licks. Most of this DVD is him talking about things that will bore a guitar player to death. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David
Amazing guitarist and next to impossible things to learn. I haven't learned anything yet, but there is the potential.Published on September 30, 2014 by Matt Bailey
The DVD is a bit dated, but watching EJ noodle around is worth the admission.
And when he explains technique you can't help but pick up a few great tips. Read more
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