Eric Johnson Style Open Voiced Arpeggios In Cliffs Of Dover

This lesson is another in our style series on the many facets of Eric Johnson's guitar playing.

This lesson begins with a demonstration of an etude using the culmination of all of the material that is covered in the rest of the video.

This style of playing creates a very dramatic sound because of the wide interval leaps that occur in open position triads.

I encourage you to follow the picking indications and allow your picking hand wrist to stay relaxed and virtually bounce across the strings. The key in this style of picking is to stay loose and always pick in the direction of the next string that you are going to play.

Here is the PDF download of the material covered in this lesson, as well as the TAB for the etude.

Eric Johnson Open Voiced Triad Arpeggios PDF

Have fun with this lesson, there is more Eric on the way! Please feel free to request a players style that you would like to see demonstrated from the request page.

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Eric Johnson Open Voiced Triad Arpeggios

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  1. pzos on January 9, 2010 at 5:25 am

    thanks…I recently got back into guitar and this was one of those sounds that I always wanted to try to add to my soloing…great job

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  6. dave on April 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    i loved the eric johnson lessons. great stuff is it possible to do a lesson on how alex lifeson(rush) arpeggiates chords the way he can sound like so much is going on i think would really help those in a power trio setting

  7. Jonathan Diskin on May 11, 2013 at 4:55 am


    Great lesson, I enjoy all of your lessons – You really get inside of the players technique and scale choices.

    Is there any chance you could do a lesson on Steve Lukather?


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