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John Auker began studying music at the age of ten, starting on violin and moving to guitar two years later. His parents enrolled him in guitar lessons at age 12, and they luckily found a great teacher from the start. They stuck with his first instructor, Shawn Bradshaw for six years. At first, Mr. Bradshaw guided John through his favorite songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After a couple years the lessons got tougher, ch... (more)
John currently offers 72 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 27 beginner lessons, 8 song lessons and 37 lessons in our Artist Series.
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Learning something new is fun and exciting, particularly if it is something we really enjoy. Still, it can sometimes be challenging not knowing where or how to begin, especially when learning how to play a musical instrument. John Auker is here to show us the ropes while teaching us the fundamental concepts and techniques needed to hit the ground running with our guitar playing.
Guitars come in several shapes and configurations, and as an absolute beginner, this can confuse matters before you even get started. In this opening lesson, Dave Isaacs will discuss the name and function of the various parts of an electric guitar.
Now that we've covered the guitar itself, let's discuss each string and how to tune them!
Using the correct positioning and posture while playing can save a lot of frustration and possibly even injury. In this lesson, Dave will cover the proper techniques to help us be comfortable and proficient in our playing.
Tablature can be a useful stepping stone, helping us familiarize ourselves with printed music for the guitar, and with a bit more work - standard notation. Here, Dave will discuss the basics of tablature and how it associates with the location and direction of the notes on the fretboard.
Let's join John as he explains what he will be teaching in the coming lessons and what we can expect to learn from taking this course
John will start things off with this lesson by teaching us how to play our first riff using only one finger on our fretting hand and only downstrokes with our picking hand
In this lesson, John breaks down everything we need to know about rhythm and timing including measures, beats, and subdivisions of the beat
Now that we know more about rhythm, in this next lessons we can begin learning how to play some basic chords, starting with power chords
There are certain situations in music that require us to not play or make any noise with our instrument or when we may need to change the dynamic of our sound. We can use different muting techniques in these situations and John will demonstrate a few of them in this lesson
It's time for us to learn some very basic music theory starting with intervals and how they relate to the notes on the neck of the guitar in this lesson
For our next lesson, we will learn how to play our first song using all of the techniques we have learned so far
In this next lesson, John will show us how we can reach all of the notes we need to play across multiple strings while keeping our fretting hand in one position
John shows us how to play our first scale in this lesson, the G Major pentatonic scale
In this lesson, we will learn to play versions of the G and C chords that only require us to use one finger
Up next, John will teach us an important strumming pattern that can be used for almost any song that we want to play
Now it is time for us to put the pieces together from the last few lessons and play our second full song in this lesson
In our next lesson, John will show us how to play a melody using multiple fingers on our fretting hand
For our next lesson, we will learn how we can expand our chords by adding new notes
While most popular music is in 4/4 time, other time signatures are often used to give a piece of music a different feel. In this lesson, John shows us how to play in different time signatures
John will use this lesson to show us how to transform a pentatonic scale into a major scale by adding just a few notes
In this lesson, John shows us how we can flatten a finger on our fretting hand to play double stops, barres, and finger rolls
It's time for us to put all of the pieces together and play our third song along with the track in this lesson
For our next lesson, John will show us one technique that we can use to add movement and texture to our rhythm playing by modifying some of our chords
Let's take our chords one step further in this lesson by adding a third finger and playing full chord shapes for each of the chords that we have learned so far in this course
In our next lesson, we will learn how to play the bass line for our track, which was inspired by the early rock and roll sound
John teaches us about using a few common articulations in our playing and displays how each of these techniques adds a new element to our sound
It's time to take all of the information and techniques that we learned in this course and apply it to playing our last song in this lesson
John Auker takes a look at the style of George Harrison in the early years of the Beatles' career. From his gear to his influences, John dives into what made George one of a kind.
JamPlay welcomes back John Auker for a series on what made George Harrison such a unique player in the rock pantheon. John's position as "George" in the Beatles tribute band Hard Day's Night gives him a unique perspective on the guitar legend.
What made George Harrison's early Beatles sound so distinct? John Auker takes a look at some of the gear that George used in the Beatles' early days.
Chuck Berry's playing was a huge influence on George Harrison. In this lesson, John Auker looks specifically at certain Chuck Berry style double stop techniques that George employed.
John continues to explore Chuck Berry's influence on George Harrison's early playing by taking a look at specific melodic lines George might have employed.
Another huge influence on George's playing were the country styles of Chet Atkins, Carl Perkins, and Buck Owens. Through an original composition in this lesson, John Auker looks at some of the hallmarks of those influences on George's playing, including sixth intervals and hybrid picking.
Now, John Auker shows us what it sounds like when George blends a number of his influences into one solo.
Ever wonder how the Beatles came up with some of their iconic riffs? John Auker has studied some of the Beatles' most classic riffs, and has discovered some of the keys to helping you build your own!
Indian music influenced George Harrison a great deal. Not only did George play the sitar on a number of Beatles' songs, but it also influenced how he played the guitar. John Auker shows us a simple yet effective way to integrate this sound into our own playing.
Have you ever wondered how George joined the Beatles? In this lesson, John tells the story and demonstrates the song that got him in.
In this lesson, we're taking a look at George's bluesy early days, through the eyes of songs such as Long, Tall Sally, I'm Down, Roll Over Beethoven and the like.
In this lesson, John teaches 3 new Harrison style licks over the second section of the 12-Bar Blues.
Moving on to the last section of the 12-Bar Blues, John teaches 3 new licks that can be used over the turnaround.
Taking the licks learned in the last few lessons, John demonstrates how to mix and match them over 12-Bar Blues.
In this lesson, John takes a look at the unique way that George used octaves in his playing.
Taking our octaves into the world of the Beatles, we are going to learn a song reminiscent of From Me To You an I Want To Hold Your Hand.
We aren't done with octaves! In this lesson, we'll look at how to incorporate open strings in with octaves to create an even richer sound.
George especially excelled at playing ballads. In this lesson, John walks through some arpeggios and melody lines in the style of "And I Love Her."
Join John as he covers George's country style as exhibited in the 64'-65' time period.
Continue to explore the Beatle's country style as found in their songs, Act Naturally or What Goes On.
In this lesson, John explores some of George's rockabilly style playing.
Join John as he continues to explore George's Carl Perkins inspired rockabilly style.
In this lesson, John explores a George's more aggressive rock style. Think Mersey beat era with a little surf rock mixed in.
In the show tune vein of Till There Was You, John explores the jazzy side of George's playing.
In this lesson, John takes a look at the chord soloing style found in mid-Beatle's era songs, primarily the style found on the album, Rubber Soul.
Rhythm guitar never gets as much attention as lead playing, but it's just as vital to the musical landscape. In this lesson, John examines some of the background work that George did when he wasn't playing the lead part.
Bring some new flavor to your favorite chords by exploring some of the possible shapes used by George Harrison and the Beatles.
In this lesson John teaches a mixolydian pentatonic scale, similar to a minor pentatonic scale, that is reminiscent of an Indian music sound.
John continues to explore George's Indian influence, especially focused on recreating the sound of a sitar.
In this lesson, John continues to explore the Indian/Sitar style as applied to electric guitar.
In this final lesson focused on George's Indian influence, John continues to demystify the Indian scales and explore how they fit within George's playing.
In this lesson, John examines some methods for achieving a backwards, or reversed guitar sound, primarily in a live setting.
Join John as he explores a few more methods to achieve a backwards or reverse guitar sound.
In this lesson, John takes a look at some of George's later work, in the vein of the White Album.
In this lesson John examines George's use of arpeggios, in the style of songs such as I Want You, She's So Heavy, or Badge.
In this lesson, examine some more of George's later work in a melodic style reminiscent of the song Let It Be.
The song, Something, contains what may be George's most iconic solo. In this lesson, John is going to explore what makes it great and how to reproduce it.
Continuing to look at George's later work, John examines his slide guitar style as heard in the song Marwa Blues.
In this series we will take a look at songs from one of the greatest bands ever, The Beatles. Our expect instructors will break the songs down, note by note, and also provide tablature and backing tracks.
John Auker teaches the classic Beatles tune "All My Loving." He demonstrates the classic version on an electric guitar and guides you through the song note-for-note. He also teaches a solo, sing-along campfire version of the song that you can play with your friends. Backing tracks and tablature/standard notation are included.
John Auker teaches the Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night". From the iconic opening chord to the classic George Harrison guitar solo, John teaches each of the guitar parts plus an acoustic "campfire" version that you can perform solo on your acoustic guitar!
Join John Auker as he takes a look at the classic George Harrison guitar solo from the song "Let It Be". As a bonus, John shows us an acoustic "campfire" version of the the entire song! Here's a great opportunity to take a "piano" song and add it to your acoustic repertoire!
John Auker dives into the Beatles classic "Day Tripper". He covers the full album version of the song and then moves on to teach a solo acoustic campfire version of the song.
"Wild Night" was originally released in 1971 as a single and then later as the opening track on his fifth studio album ‘Tupelo Honey’, this song lives up to its name! This song was produced by Van Morrison and Ted Templeman and performed by Van himself. This lesson explores the ins and outs of both guitars that are featured in the original track and is set up to have you performing your own ‘Wild Night’ in no time!
Let's meet up with John for a wild night as we dive headfirst into this fun track!
"That's All Right Mama" was released as a single by Elvis Presley in the summer of 1954 for Sun Records. The song was originally by written blues singer Arthur Crudup in 1946. However, the Presley version is considered the definitive version and is considered by many to be the first nationally released Rock & Roll album ever produced!
Let's join John Auker as he breaks down this Elvis Presley classic!
"Wicked Game" was released in the summer of 1989. The song sits comfortably at track number five of Chris Isaak's third studio release, 'Heart Shaped World'. This was a breakout song for Isaak with the song reaching the Top 10 in the charts worldwide and propelling the album to double-platinum status!
Let's join John Auker as he breaks down this classic 80's track!
Released as a single in the summer of 1966, "Knock on Wood" was written by singer Eddie Floyd and guitarist Steve Cropper. The song was also the opening track on Eddie Floyd's debut album of the same name, which was released in January of 1967. It reached #1 on the US R&B singles chart and peaked at #28 on the US Billboard top 100 charts.
Let's join John Auker in a thorough dissection of this familiar classic!
John Auker began studying music at the age of ten, starting on violin and moving to guitar two years later. His parents enrolled him in guitar lessons at age 12, and they luckily found a great teacher from the start. They stuck with his first instructor, Shawn Bradshaw for six years. At first, Mr. Bradshaw guided John through his favorite songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After a couple years the lessons got tougher, challenging John to expand his knowledge of scales, chord shapes, music theory and improvisation, ultimately priming him for study at the collegiate level.
As his passion for music developed throughout his teens, John found opportunities to play guitar with his middle school orchestra, his high school jazz band, indoor drumline, and church worship bands, where he was additionally called upon to play bass. In 2001, Auker continued his musical training with Stan Smith and Karl Wohlwend at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. The years spent with Stan and Karl at Capital made John into a complete, professional and mature musician. Shortly before graduating Cum Laude with a B.M. in Jazz Studies/Contemporary Guitar performance in 2005, he received outstanding recognition from the Elmhurst Jazz Festival for his performance with the Capital University Big Band.
In the summer of 2009, John auditioned for the role of George Harrison in Hard Day’s Night, landing the job just in time to play his debut show in November that year. In addition to his role as George in Hard Day’s Night, he remains an active participant in the Columbus local music community, playing and recording with various groups. Auker has previously played with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Stan Smith and Nova Madrugada, Steve Houghton, and Grammy nominated singers, Jeff Anderson and Sarah Kelly. He has appeared with Hard Day’s Night on ABC’s News 8 Daybreak in Dallas, TX.
John serves regularly at Grove City Nazarene, Vineyard Columbus, and Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, three of the largest congregations in the Columbus area. Auker has done studio work for Jeff Anderson’s In the Shadow, and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s jingle “Good Day Columbus.” Most recently, John contributed all of the electric guitar parts on Noelle Shearer's 2013 release, Speak to Me.
Aside from discovering and listening to new and inspiring music, John enjoys music-related projects such as refinishing/repairing guitars, songwriting and recording. He also enjoys spending quiet time around the house with his wife, Megan and physical activity-exercising, riding bikes or playing on the playground with his daughter, Nora.
Offering private instruction for guitar, ukulele, bass and mandolin, Auker maintains a full teaching schedule at Music & Arts Center in Worthington, OH, and the Guitar House Workshop in Upper Arlington, OH. John is happy to join the JamPlay team and hopes that he can help others find joy in creativity as they continue their musical journey.
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