Licks ala Eric Johnson: Intro & Lick 1

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Licks ala Eric Johnson: Lick 2

Hi all!

Back with another tutorial! This time we'll be looking at three licks in the style of Eric Johnson. All of these licks will be focused around sixteenth note E minor pentatonic runs. The licks will include some alternate picking as well as some economy picking. Pay close attention to the tabs as they will contain the exact picking pattern, which is important in getting the EJ sound.

Starting with lick #1

This lick is the shortest of the three licks and contains what I'd call the essence of this style of playing. The lick starts with an eigth note alt-picked pentatonic run followed by a descending run of odd note groupings. These odd note groupings are typical in EJ runs and will show up quite a bit in the tutorial.

First, notice the 3-note grouping followed by two 5-note groupings landing on the tonic. Again, to fulfill the EJ sound the best be sure to follow the exact picking pattern.