New lesson plans: Eric Johnson & Joe Satriani

New guitar lesson plans have been created to give your students a quick snapshot of the style of Eric Johnson & Joe Satriani. These lesson plans are handy if you want to see how interested your student may be with their style or just to teach them new approaches to guitar.

PRO-04 Eric Johnson

This lesson focuses on a couple unique aspects of Eric Johnson's playing such as his use of chord voicings, hybrid picking and triads. This style would suit most intermediate students interested in more lead playing.

PRO-05 Joe Satriani

This lesson looks at how Joe Satriani uses tapping, legato and modes in his style. The examples are quite technical so aren't suitable for beginners. Intermediate and advanced students would benefit from this lesson even if they have not heard anything by Joe before.

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PRO-04 Eric Johnson

About this lesson plan

This lesson plan focuses on a few aspects of Eric Johnson's style. The examples focus on how Eric uses wide intervals, different picking techniques and his use of chords. Even if the student hasn't heard Eric's music it's still worth going through this lesson for the techniques used. The Teacher's Guide focuses the discussion on how the student can use the ideas behind the licks in their own playing. The goal isn't to just give your student licks they can use in their improvisation but to provide your student with fresh ways to think about guitar.

Your student will learn:

  • How to use different voicings for chords
  • Practice hybrid picking
  • How to effortlessly shift between different Pentatonic positions
  • How to use triads in fresh ways

If your student takes an interest to this style of playing then after finishing this lesson it would be a good idea to run through some of Eric's songs such as Cliffs of Dover.

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