Eric Johnson is teaching mini guitar lessons in support of food banks

The series of ‘EJ Mini Lessons’ will cover some basics of his playing

Eric Johnson

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Guitarist Eric Johnson has launched a series of what he calls “EJ Mini Lessons” on YouTube, raising money for local food banks, which are being hit particularly hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson introduces the series saying that he hopes that anybody “that gets something from these lessons would contribute a little bit to their neighborhood food bank, whatever you’ve got – a dollar, ten dollars, whatever.”

He goes on to describe the topic of the first lesson as “using different strings to play different notes in combination with utilizing open strings… anytime I can get away with an open string it affords me a couple of things, it keeps the glissando of the lick going and it gets you a chance to get to another part of the fretboard. And it also has a cool sound.” He also demonstrated moving the same note onto different strings, and the effect that has on your tone. Take a look at the lesson below:

The lesson is the first in a series – it’s unknown how many he’ll produce.

Below the video, Johnson again urged people to help out food banks in these tough times, writing: “If you are in the USA you can make a donation at feedingamerica.org. Worldwide, you can donate to actionagainsthunger.org. Thank you for your support.”

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