Video: Eric Johnson on Acoustic Fingerpicking, Songwriting, and Recording

Eric Johnson bears a burden only icons know: people will forever think of him as the guy who [insert iconic accomplishment]. In his case, it was writing and recording "Cliff of Dover," one of the most memorable electric guitar instrumentals of all time. More generally, you could extend his fame to simply being a tone-obsessed, virtuoso electric guitarist.

But his talents go way beyond that. Eric has played piano since childhood and picked up the acoustic guitar at 17 years old – six years after he started playing electric. Rather than simply apply his blistering single-note chops to the acoustic, he became a lifelong student of fingerstyle playing, hardly ever using a pick.

Growing up a fan of acts like Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell, Johnson has aspired for a long time to put out an acoustic record of his own. His newest release, EJ, is the actualization of that aspiration, focusing on small arrangements featuring piano and his fingerpicking style of acoustic playing.

Check out the video above to listen to Eric Johnson talk us through his departure from electric guitar on his most recent solo album and his recording process. You can also head over to his website to order EJ and to check out his touring schedule.

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