(Guitar Recorded Versions). With 11 songs from the classic 1971 album, plus 4 more from the 25th anniversary CD re-release, this songbook features Ian Anderson’s legendary guitar work. Titles include: Aqualung * Cross-Eyed Mary * Hymn #43 * Locomotive Breath * My God * Wind Up * and more.
(Guitar Recorded Versions). Their greatest hits are finally released in one giant guitar tab collection. Includes: (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville * Drive * Driver 8 * Everybody Hurts * Fall on Me * It’s the End of the World as We Know It * Losing My Religion * Man on the Moon * The One I Love * So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) * Stand * and many more.
Let’s take a closer look at what blues and jazz are and how they differ in musical style.
What is Jazz?
Jazz and blues are two distinct musical genres. They are American musical traditions that have roots that go back hundreds of years. Jazz for instance, was developed in New Orleans and was originally known as “jass” but later evolved into jazz by dropping the “ss” and replacing it with “zz” which basically translates into “cool”. It wasn’t until the 19th century that jazz began to take on brass instruments, prior to which instruments like the saxophone, cornet, and trombone were primarily used. As those instruments were infused into the genre, it evolved to create a much larger base.
What is Blues?
Blues, unlike jazz, originated in the southern part of Mississippi, and was first recorded in the 1920s. During that time, it was typically played solo, which is different from the ensemble like nature of jazz we see today. The first ever blues solo player simply used a slide guitar as his primary musical instrument. Today, it enlists the help of many artists and includes blues bands to create its distinct sound.
How They’re Similar
Jazz Blues is a genre all its own, but typically refers to a blues artist who uses more complex harmonies or rhythms and breaks away from traditional blues patterns, or a jazz artist who keeps his harmonies simple. The result is a mix match combination of musical patterns and jazz blues songs that music lovers can treasure. Some people even refer to jazz blues songs as “R&B” although that wouldn’t be completely accurate.
The truth is, many people equate jazz and blues to the same genre simply because they originated in the American South. Discerning the two distinct genres can be confusing, simply because many artists do crossovers, going from jazz to blues and the reverse. While that does make them ‘siblings’ they certainly aren’t identical. The jazz blues genre may refer to is simply a combination of both styles or a little of one taken from another to create a mashup.
Whether you prefer jazz music, blues, or like jazz blues songs, there are countless reasons to listen to this distinctly American genre of music. Attractive harmonies, unique rhythms and generations old music styles are the foundations of jazz and blues. One thing is for sure, we can all agree that jazz and blues are fun, easy genres to listen to.
(Guitar Tab Method). This is the acoustic guitar method students and teachers have been waiting for. Learn chords with songs like “Eleanor Rigby” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” single notes with riffs and solos by Nirvana and Pink Floyd, arpeggios with classics by Eric Clapton and Boston, and much more. The method’s unique, well-paced, and logical teaching sequence will get students playing more easily than ever before, and music from popular artists like the Eagles, Johnny Cash and Green Day will keep them playing and having fun. Book 1 includes: parts of the guitar, easy-to-follow guitar tablature, notes & riffs starting on the low E string, tempo & time signatures, strumming patterns and arpeggios, slides and slurs, hammer-ons and pull-offs, many music styles, nearly 100 riffs and songs, audio demos of every example, and more!
Without a doubt Eric Johnson is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. His music and playing have influenced many guitarists and his amazing guitar tones have shaped the face of modern guitar sounds as we know it.
Below are a few tips that may help you get a bit closer to that Eric Johnson tone.
Eric Johnson is most often associated with vintage Fender Stratocaster’s. In recent years he has also added his Fender signature model guitar to the mix, which, IMHO, is hands down the best off the shelf Fender Strat you can buy today. Ironically, the tune he is most famous for “Cliffs of Dover” was tracked on a Gibson ES-335. An important modification made to his Stratocaster’s is that the bridge pickup is wired to the tone control. This allows him to roll off some of the top end on this single coil pickup.
Amps and Pedals
In general, his palette of tones can be broken down into one of three types: clean rhythm, dirty rhythm, lead.
Eric Johnson’s clean tones always involve some type of vintage Fender amp like a Deluxe or a Twin; often run in stereo using a T.C. Electronic Stereo Chorus. If you have a Fender amp try out Treble at 4.5, Middle at 8, Bass at 8 and Reverb on 4. He also uses delay effects (Echoplex and Memory Man). You have many options for delay pedals. Try 380 milliseconds with 20-30% feedback.
Eric Johnson’s dirty tones are based on pushing the power tube section on a non-master volume Marshall. At the volumes Eric runs his Marshalls there is already enough treble and presence, so he tends to keep these set pretty low. Bass is set at about 5. You may not have a vintage Marshall or the luxury to crank it, but the main theme here is to reign in the high-end on your amp.
For his lead tone Eric uses an overdrive or fuzz pedal into an already driven amp. The layering of gain stages is a key point when trying to achieve a “clear”, articulate, distortion sound with complex over tones. Eric uses a Chandler tube overdrive, a Fuzz Face or a Tube Screamer. There are many dirt box options on the market – Experiment.
The cheapest and easiest thing you can do to get closer to the “Eric Johnson tone” is to use the same pick he uses: a Dunlop Jazz III. Aside from trying to emulate his picking technique, which is a topic for another time, you will immediate notice a difference in the tone coming out of your existing rig if you just switch to this pick.
One final tone secret; you will never sound exactly like Eric Johnson and that’s OK. Use these tips and his tone as an inspiration for finding your own signature sound. Experiment and try different things, after all that is how Eric Johnson evolved(s) his tone.