Lets get an Eric Johnson thread going!

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  1. esptiger

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    I just ordered the tab book for Up Close. I don't buy artist transcriptions too much these days, but Eric is one of those guys that I love to get some inspiration from and have fun playing (trying to play) some of his songs.

    I think Gem and Arithmetic are two of the most beautiful songs he has written to date. Carlos Santana said it best when he said (paraphrasing here) that EJ "has no hate or aggression in his playing, just pure love and positiveness".
     
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    He's one of the all-time best IMHO.
     
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    Great player, and super nice guy. My favorite songs are East Wes, Manhattan, Trademark, Lonely in the Night....
     
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    probably my favorite musician. his songs give off such a positive vibe & always puts me in a great mood.
    he's taken signature charateristics from many players & blended them together to create a style and sound that is instantly recognizable.
    he's probably the only guitarist that could do an all instrumental record or show and never bore me.
    we're fortunate to live in a time when he's still performing and recording.
    as others have mentioned, he's one of the nicest most genuinely kind people you could ever meet.

    a video i took last summer at the hob in new orleans.

     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    EJ is a super kind, cool and just ethereal musician with instantly recognizable touch and melodic sensibility. I've probably listened to Venus Isle 5000 times in it's entirety and I still love it.
     
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    Eric and Eminence are coming out with a sig ceramic 12" to go in his 4x12s in place of the greenbacks. Coming from a guy who collects vintage cabs just to audition the speakers for gems, I gotta hear this. Sb much more affordable than his Alnico that just came out.
     
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    i dig him, love the song Gem.
     
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    i need more of his playing infused into my existence. thanks for this! great OP btw...
     
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    the machine, of course...
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    the song was over before he could decide which pedal to step on.
     
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    This is timely as I have been on an EJ kick lately. Downloaded "Up Close" and his cover of "Beck's Bolero" on Itunes and have been digging his playing on "Texas" alot. One of the greats fo sho!
     
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    I agree with all of you. I am currently in the process of learning East Wes! And Gem is a fantastic song!
     
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    That is also very good.
     
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    EJ is definitely one of my biggest influences.
    (more for his clean sounds than his lead/rhythm tones)
    He's one of the few artists I like to listen to whose music
    I don't feel compelled to learn how to play. I just listen.
     
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    Whenever people ask me who my favorite player is, I'll say Eric Johnson. You know the rest of the story--8 out of 10 are unfamiliar with the name. I'm so glad he is extremely well known where he lives--for him I mean.
     
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    I am 17 and people where I am from don't even know what a guitar is. All they care about is what rapper is "creating" what.
     
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    he has issues with his fuzz pedals
     
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    I've really been listening to him a lot lately and trying to grok what he is doing. It's a fun but frustrating exercise. He really has some interesting voicings that define his sound.
    Not everyone loves his tone but you have to say...it's his.
    I respect anyone who has truly done the work to develop their own voice.
     
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    He gets ragged on for that, so did Hendrix...

    But guess what? They're both right. Those old germanium fuzz pedals are the most finicky, frustrating, inconsistent pieces of cr@p ever made... Until they work right- then they're the most singing, glorious, indispensable piece of gear you've ever had in your life. :messedup
     

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