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Eric Johnson lick and the hexatonic scale

Posted on January 18, 2013

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  • January 18, 2013

    Annette Elizabeth sykes

    Awesome and inspiring, still struggling with my first few lessons, but what a sound to aim for. So glad I am learning from you. Annette

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mike

    No worries…..”FrogHat” was a great group!

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    • January 19, 2013

      frank aragona

      fog was and still is a great band mike are u a fool for the city lol

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mike

    Great scale and no worries about the hat…….”FrogHat” was a great band!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Fabian Sifuentes (Kainan)

    AWESOME!!! Gonna work on that type of scale…EJ is one of my FAVE guitarists! Cliffs of Dover is my personal “listen to when I’m feeling down song” cause it uplifts me! Great scale! Thanks a million!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mark in PA

    Funny about the Hexatonic Scale…. I am working on THE ROVER by Zeppelin and in the performance notes it references how during the solos Page throws in the Hexatonic Scale…. all the masters must be hinting that we all should learn it!!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Chris

    Brother, I have a Martin D-28 with a pickup in it. I would like to ask you a couple of questions. Can you contact me when you have a sec.
    Best,
    Chris Antal

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  • January 18, 2013

    Manhattan Mark

    Hey claudfrogster… you’re right .. that sound is very pretty… and I’m Man enough to say so.. yes “Pretty” LOL…

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mark

    Cool Claude, thanks. For us Eric Johnson fans is there any more you can offer for us to capture his unique phrasing, scales, sound, feeling etc. Broken down for a hack like me would help a lot.

    Cheers….. nice hat btw…

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  • January 18, 2013

    Kyle

    Cool! Thanks!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Greg Ori

    This scale reminds me of the F /Dm stuff that Eric clapton played on the original Disraeli Gears album . World of Pain/ White room etc. Thanks for sharing that .

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  • January 18, 2013

    Greg Ori

    oh yea.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mark Helfant

    Hey Claude,

    That sounds great! Would you mind sharing what effects and amp settings you’re using with your beautiful SG?

    Thanks!

    MPH

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  • January 18, 2013

    Aaron F.Owens

    Thank you. That was great. I started to poke around here and now have to figure out which DVD to get first. See you soon.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Francisco Jose Sunsin

    I a ready buy the Guitar Control Method, I am Left hand guitar player, I learn to play in Right hand guitar, I am try to use the Guitar control like a Base to start my Left hand guitar , Thanks Claude Johnson

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  • January 18, 2013

    John K

    Thanks Claude! That is a Very COOL Lick. Eric Johnson is one of my favorite guitarists… the ONLY guy I’ve ever seen who can play the really difficult & “obscure” stuff from Hendrix’s ARE YOU EXPERIENCED Masterpiece album. See & hear him do that title cut plus LOVE OR CONFUSION on the Awesome DVD “Live From Austin Texas”… recorded December 14, 1988 for the Austin City Limits TV program. He also does CLIFFS OF DOVER, DESERT ROSE, and other great tunes he’s written. It’s no surprise that he’s toured with Steve Vai & Joe Satriani… he is a master of the instrument.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mike Smith

    nice lick actually sounds like a Joe Bonamassa style :-)

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  • January 18, 2013

    Des

    Claude, good stuff, you are a mine of information. I wish there were more time in the day.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Mark 4 Rok

    Here is a cool LITTLE lick Scale: A, B, C, Eb, E, F, G#. See how phreeky you can get with that.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Ronald Woells

    Just bought a gibson sg, Wish to start with learning Scales And chords, which course do you
    offer to teach this??
    Reguards Ronald

    CHECK OUT http://www.ultimatebeginnerguitar.com/main.php – CLAUDE

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  • January 18, 2013

    JR

    nice lick…

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  • January 18, 2013

    Paul

    You Nut. What have you been smoking? LOL! Nice lick. Eric Johnson is a great guitar player and composer. Claude I wish you zoomed in on your guitar neck when showing how to play these licks. Then using the tabs for referance when I forget it. TNXS.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Terry brown

    Thanks Claude I will try the hexatonic scale……..as you say…..
    ROCK~ON

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  • January 18, 2013

    Gerald

    your last two videos would not launch, this one included

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  • January 18, 2013

    Christopher Goodsell

    Love this new lick you emailed me, been practicing it today…I really enjoy all the licks,chords and modes you send.In the future looking forward to learning
    all the vertical scales.I have been out of practice for awhile now.Getting ready to challenge my 17 year old son in a play off.

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  • January 18, 2013

    David Ryan

    Just wanted to thank you for all the cool licks you provide for free!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Steve

    Very cool flavor to this scale, and yes it does remind me of Eric Johnson’s style.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Bill green

    Thanks Brother you have convinced me to start learning and playing guitar agin I’ve been playing piano as of late I want to teach my grand children to play after all it’s the universal. Language that sets our souls free thank you agin.Bill

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  • January 18, 2013

    justin

    very cool

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  • January 18, 2013

    benjybob

    nice one

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  • January 18, 2013

    Donnie M

    Nice one, Claude! Love Eric’s stuff! Tough fingering at the end, though (at least for me).

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  • January 18, 2013

    ray gambol

    Hey Claude, i have been trying to find tab for an old Prince song. “Adore”. U know that song? Can u play it? Can u share the notes? Thanks!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Bob

    Thanks for the tip-always love the extra;s

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  • January 18, 2013

    Evan Hadnot

    Nice – I will work with it.

    Thanks

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  • January 18, 2013

    George Wright

    beautiful stuff man- just keep it up!

    I Put a Hex (spell) on U – c3- Screamin Jay Hawkins – Nina Simone- The Animals

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  • January 18, 2013

    John Nathan

    …awesome…thanks man!

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  • January 18, 2013

    Barry Beitel

    I’ve always been a fan of Eric Johnson. His “Cliffs of Dover” piece from “A Via Musicom” is still one of my all-time favorite guitar pieces.

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  • January 18, 2013

    steve howland

    thanks Claude. Appreciate the help. love Eric Johnson’s
    playing.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Ed

    Nice. So you are 1-2-3b. Very nice sound. I might have played that note progression 1000 times without getting that sound. Hey, I still watch “Secrets” now and then. Thx.

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  • January 18, 2013

    D. Burke

    I find this very interesting… hexatonic scales…as I noticed that several song melodies I’ve investigated use them.

    Just curious…in the tablature of the lick, I actually count only five different tones(pentatonic), not six (hexatonic). I guess that’s because not every note of the hexatonic scale needs to be used. Just caught me off guard that the D (2nd) is added to the C-minor pentatonic scale, but the flatted 3rd (Eb) of the C-minor pentatonic scale is left out. So it’s still appears to be a five tone(pentatonic) lick. But, apparently, it’s five tones from a six tone scale.

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  • January 18, 2013

    D. Burke

    Ooops, my bad. Ignore my earlier post.

    I see now six tones. Duh. It appears to be a G-minor pentatonic scale, plus the major second(A).

    The six notes of the scale are: G -A-Bb-C-D-F.

    Got it…finally.

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  • January 19, 2013

    Jon

    That sounded very nice when you ran through it FAST @ around 2:33 – 2:36!

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  • January 19, 2013

    Lisa D

    Love your easy goin LOL extensions, grab my attention deliveries. Never know what’s coming next! PHD: Penta, Hexa, Dia, 5, 6, and 7 note tonics to get down. Thanks Claudio. From still learnin. Rock on …

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  • January 19, 2013

    KINGMONKEY

    actually a good lesson…thank u your sound is terrible and fizzy but u are a good coach

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  • January 19, 2013

    David Wallace

    Seems like a pentatonic with an added 13th? Cool sound and one I’ve been trying to incorporate lately to change it up a bit.

    NOT SURE HOW YOU GOT 13th… NINTH MAYBE? – CLAUDE

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  • January 19, 2013

    Drake Johnson

    Hey Claud; Eric Johnson is a Great Player, no doubt about that one, Steve Morris is another Great one, but you don’t get to hear much from him lately ! Also, he had a guy oper for him in Minneapolis one night, Larry Mitchle, he was very good, don’t know if he’s still playing, but his album was recorded with the former leader of the Youngbloods ! Can’t recall the title of it off hand ! Anyhow, that was one great show aswell ! Great job on the Johnson lick, and keep rockin, when I get my arm fixed, I have a lot of work to get caught up on my playing, and hope to back to making my fingers working to try some of what you have shown in your video lessons ! Thanks a lot Claude !

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  • January 19, 2013

    Jonh

    Thanks !! It has familiar sounds !!

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  • January 20, 2013

    roger rabbit.

    hi claude. nice one .short and sweet. keep them coming.roger………..

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  • January 20, 2013

    Cadman

    The “Sound” from the Guitar – what “Pedal” does that !?!?!?

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  • January 20, 2013

    Pete Sprague

    Good lick Claude, Definately going to try it. I remember playing it a long time ago in Cliffs of Dover. Love that song.

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  • January 28, 2013

    Matdude

    CLAUDE ONE SMALL QUESTION – WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THAT HAT?!

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  • February 3, 2013

    NOEL G.

    THANKS ! COOL LICK VERY MELODIC SOUNDING.

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