Eric Johnson Style Pedal Tones Guitar Lesson

In this free video guitar lesson we will take a look at Eric Johnson's exciting use of pedal tones in his solo playing.

Eric Johnson usually employs hybrid picking to accocmplish a fast fluid pedal tone sound that fluently transitions between many different strings. The hybrid picking pattern that he uses is actually quite simple and straightforward and shouldn't present much of a problem to get under your fingers.

Try and keep the note separation clean because letting two notes rings together will create a pretty dissonant and ugly sound, especially when using a high gain setting.

Download the TAB PDF for this lesson below.

Eric Johnson Style Pedal Tones TAB PDF Download

Have fun with this extremely useful and exciting technique!

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Eric Johnson Style Pedal Tones


  1. Jake Mikolas on January 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I like how you pushed in the “Cliffs of Dover” lick, but never mentioned it directly. Since that is a perfect example of a Pedal Tone lick.

  2. George Ripp Russell on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

    New to your site.Thank You for the EJ lesson.Searching around for some new techniques and will keep you in the loop.Great site!

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  6. Andy on September 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Eric Johnson was one of the few players who created extremely intricate guitar solos and that’s the main reason I’ve admired his playing my whole life!

    And a cool tutorial. Really helpful if you want to spice up your music.
    Thanks a lot!

  7. Pat Barro on June 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    You have the best tutorials for Eric Johnson techniques. and I’m sure the other lessons are equally clear and beneficial for many students on different levels. I highly appreciate your investment in others. Lord bless you.

    With Gratitude, pat

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