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Erik Mongrain was born in Montreal on April 12, 1980. When he was young, he was more into sports than music.
Growing up to the sounds of Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and mostly Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Erik discovered an interest in guitar. At 14, he received a classical guitar as a gift and learnt by ear his favorite songs.
A year later, he bought his very first electric guitar which allowed him to learn and play Nirvana songs to his delight.
Erik currently offers 19 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 17 lessons in our Artist Series and 2 entertainment videos.
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Self-taught acoustic guitarist Erik Mongrain shows off some of his innovations and moves in this Phase 2 Artist Series.
Take 18 minutes to get to know Erik, and discover his unique path to becoming a composer and artist.
Erik discusses his guitar in detail and how it is setup.
In this lesson Erik explains the electronic components of his gear.
Erik demonstrates how he gets warmed up. He also shows some exercises that build muscle and dexterity.
Erik expounds on the many possibilities of open tunings and the new harmonics that you can use in them.
Erik explains picked harmonics and something he calls the "Waterfall Technique".
Erik shows you some more of his moves in this installment of the harmonics mini-series.
Erik demonstrates some more of his harmonic moves. He covers slapping, tapping, and popping harmonics.
This is the last lesson in the harmonics mini series by Erik. In this lesson he covers some of the harder to play harmonics.
Erik Mongrain returns with more "Moves". In this lesson he shows you his right hand flick, strum, and thumb pop techniques.
Erik shows how his guitar is set up and customized for his percussive moves.
Erik teaches the basics of percussive techniques on acoustic guitar.
In this lesson Erik explains what he calls "sweeping." This is not a neoclassical shred-fest.
Erik covers the basics of lap tapping. This lesson will get you acquainted with the posture and setup for this style of playing.
Erik explains the basics of the lap tapping style in this lesson.
This is a three part lesson on music composition. In the first part, Erik talks about how he composes his music. In parts two and three, he answers questions posed to him about how he writes.
Erik discusses the various aspects of performing live. He shares many tips and useful info for novices and veterans alike.
Random licks and riffs contributed by the JamPlay instructors.
"Pandora's Box" was released on Equilibrium in 2009. In this video, Erik performs the song.
Erik discusses and then performs "A Ripple Effect" from his cd Equilibrium. For more information on Erik check out his phase 2 artist series and his website at www.erikmongrain.com.
As another great guitar tapping player, Stanley Jordan, Mongrain started out in the streets of Granada, he will continue on in the Barcelona subway and will probably end up recording on world class major labels
Jesus Arias, Granada, May 18, 2001
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