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Welcome to my blog! I’m Eric Blackmon!

Eric Blackmon has played various instruments for over 50 years, toured professionally for 40 years and taught music professionally since 2003. Now he is here to share what he has learned with you. Learn unique musical methods on more than one instrument!

Eric Blackmon is owner and instructor at EEMusic Music Creation Learning Center, Greenville South Carolina, USA and content creator for EricBlackmonGuitar YouTube!

Eric is the creator of YouTube’s MOST FRIENDLY MUSIC TUTORIAL CHANNEL featuring over 3000 music tutorials, lessons & covers from various music genres on various instruments by multi-instrumentalist Eric Blackmon! Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano/Keyboards, Ukulele,Strum Stick and Congas all played by the same guy! in many styles! EricBlackmonMusic!  https://www.youtube.com/user/EricBlackmonGuitar/videos

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  1. Hi Eric,
    Just took up the guitar after a 20 year break, I lost my wife to cancer several months ago and needed to get something uplifting back in my life. Your video lessons are fantastic, your style of teaching is so relaxed, approachable and encouraging. You have given a huge amount of instruction and more importantly for me at this time, pleasure and positivity. Keep up the great work.
    James.S

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    • Thanks for finding my channel James! Glad to be able to bring some musical joy to a fellow musician! I promise to keep posting as long as I am able as time allows! Thanks so much for watching EricBlackmonMusic!

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  2. I began taking your YouTube lessons months ago, and have become a much better player because of you. I am an advanced beginner (if you give me some grace), and your lessons have ‘opened my eyes’ as to what one can do on the guitar. Of course, learning guitar takes practice, and more practice. But your tutorials make it easy and enjoyable! Thanks very much!

    Ed

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    • That’s awesome Ed! No matter where we are on the guitar “totem pole” we can learn something new about it everyday if we keep it simple and keep examining it! Thanks so much for watching my videos! I promise that there is more to come! ROCK ON MY FRIEND!

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  3. Holy Tshinge Maduha Ncube

    hie Eric..I believe you are the best guitar teacher i have eve come across. .I live in Canada, Vancouver,but originally from Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. I am 52 and I have struggled since 2010 to learn bass, electric and acoustic I appreciate these lessons i get on video via email. I wish I could come there..and take private lessons from in South Carolina. i feel like I am getting no where by myself..I was watching and playing along with your video on solos without scales.. its amazing..!!!!!!!
    man you are great.!!!! may God bless your work…

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  4. Hello again Eric. I’m new to guitar and am interested to know what would be an affordable lightweight good sounding electric guitar.

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    • Take a look at the (Fender)Squier Electric Strat style guitars. Don’t buy the absolute cheapest one though. Look for the step up models, which start at around $199.00 up(new). They are of decent quality. The lowest priced ones ($125-179) are not very good. Thanks for watching my videos!

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      • It’s a beautiful guitar, no doubt! A friend of mine has one of those MIM (Made in Mexico) Strats and he loves it. It’s completely up to you, but you should think long and hard about how much money you want to spend at this point in your development. An expert can make a $200 guitar sound like a $600 guitar, but a novice won’t get any more out of a $600 guitar than they can get out of a $200 guitar. Also, you can buy a typical MIM Stat all day for around $500, even less if they go on sale. This special edition looks awesome, but you are paying $200 extra for the paint job. If that’s nothing for you then go for it, but if that’s a lot of money for you, then think about it before you stretch your budget. Besides that, if you get into it you may find that you will also want some other types of guitars real soon, plus some other goodies like pedals and stuff. If you blow your budget on one really cool electric then you may not have the funds to get a decent acoustic for practice, or a travel guitar if you are on the road a lot like I am. I’ve only been playing for about a year, but already I have 3 electrics, 1 acoustic and a travel guitar. The most expensive one I have cost me $300. I love ’em all, and they all make me happy. At my skill level I’m not even close to hitting the limits on any of the guitars I have. When/if I ever do, then I’ll consider shelling out the big money. Buying an expensive guitar is not a short cut for learning to play one. You have to pay your dues and practice, practice, practice. Whatever you decide to get, just stick with it.

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      • great points…at this stage I’d make a 100k guitar sound bad 😉

        send along a link to an option I should/could consider. I’m not too concerned about color, just one that has good components and sound (MIM is cool by me; I’ve heard that they produce better quality than most). Thanks for the awesome reply!

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  5. Hi. I do not have any tracks for sale, however you can try YouTube red, where you can purchase videos. You may be able to get them in MP3 or MP3 form. Thanks for watching my videos!

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  6. Hi Eric,
    Are you familiar with African guitar styles and playing intervals?
    Do you know the music of Prince Nico Mbarga?
    Definitely could use some help figuring out some of the great double stop licks played by Prince Nico’s guitarist Jacob Nguni.
    Thank you for your lessons!

    Dan

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    • Hi Dan! Sorry but I am only familiar with American music styles because of playing in public venues in the US all my life. This is definitely some music that I would like to explore in the future! Thanks for watching!

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      • 69 years old and what a blessing it is to view your in depth lessons playing tunes that have eluded me for decades. When I started playing in 1963 there was no internet, Youtube or cell phones. I had to play a record moving the needle 100’s of times to learn a lick.

        Bravo👍

        Lenny

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      • Man! Me too. I wore out a bunch of LP’s doing that! Those days are over! More cool stuff coming, so stay tuned my friend! Thanks so much for watching my videos!

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  7. aindre reece-sheerin

    Good morning Mr Blackmon, Thank you for sharing your talent and gifts with us. I am writing to ask how I can get permission to use your track in a Poem please? Thanks sincerely in advance – Aindre

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  8. Hello Eric. I’ve watched some of your bass tutorials on youtube and it has inspired me to purchase a bass. My one dilemma is, I’m left handed and I am unsure if I want to play left hand or right hand. What should I do?

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  9. Hi Eric,
    Just listend to your How to play an Electric guitar solo… and found it most interesting. How can I get hold of your computer background blues ryhtm to make my solo sound better?

    Thanks a lot and hope you´ll have a great day.
    Mats

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  10. Have you ever thought of doing a one week workshop in your hometown?

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  11. Eric – I’ve been one your many followers. I’ve finally found the time to fully focus on guitar – that’s what retirement does for ya!! – and I just wanted to say thanks for all the sharing you do on Youtube etc. You taught me Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” with the special touches that late great Teenie Hodges placed on this song. Thanks once again and a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Robert – Leesburg, VA

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  12. Hi Eric, just wanted to say many thanks for your generosity in sharing your videos. I’m 52 and have been wanting to learn for years and I’ve just started, Your videos on the Old School 12 Bar Blues are really helping me progress and have great fun. It’s almost an addiction! I also appreciate your advice about a step-up (Fender)Squier Electric Strat style guitar as a good entry point for E Guitar. I’m really looking forward to exploring your other tutorials as I progress. It’s really so generous of you to share your knowledge and help others in this way and it’s much appreciated. Thanks again and all the very best from Switzerland, David

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    • Hi Phil! Greetings from the USA! It is my pleasure to pass along many of the things that I have learned and am learning everyday about music! I used to ask questions about the very things that I publish, to other musicians( and teachers that I was paying)! They seemed either to not have real answers or were very secretive about what they knew, so I started to do my own research, which is what appears on my YouTube channel. You can’t take it with you, so I have much, much more to share as I have the time, so stay tuned! Thanks so much for watching EricBlackmonMusic Videos! Rock on my friend!

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  13. I am having trouble hearing and picking out individual notes of a chord. When I hear a busy piano or a guitar chord on a recording I usually can hear 2 notes, maybe 3 on a good day. Should I be worried about this? Is this a skill that a serious musician should have? How can I improve it?

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  14. Hi Eric – I really like your Summer Breeze tutorial. I’m pretty clear on the chords now (thanks!), but I struggle getting the strum pattern right. Can you provide any insight or tips? Thanks, Jeff

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    • Hi Jeff! The main strumming pattern in that song is 1/8 note strumming with emphasis on D UD U U UD. Hope that helps! I hope to do an updated version of that tutorial in the future with strumming explanations. Thanks for watching!

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  15. Eric, I have watched your ukulele videos and think they are very good. I would like to request some blues videos for the baritone ukulele. There is so very little info for us baritone players, any amount could be appreciated.

    Thank you

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  16. Hi eric. I am a relative beginner with guitar after having a vision of a family band while watching my 10 year old learn cello. Suddenly i saw us playing shaft with me on rhythm guitar and his cello laying down the bass line. So while i am taking lessons i found you explaining the wah pedal and shaft rhythm. You make it clear, easy to follow, and your videos are inspiring me and make me want to practice. If i ever run into you, would love to take you out for coffee. Thanks!!!

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    • It’s a deal! You also might be interested to know that as soon as I can find time in my schedule, I am going to produce an updated more detailed “Shaft” wah tutorial, so stay tuned! Thanks for watching and best wishes to you and family!

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  17. Franklin F. Abath

    Hi Eric, here from Aruba, and am very happy having finally found a site and for sure well experienced musician, to further improve my skill on the guitar.
    I like all kind of music, but specially jazz and blue.
    I like your tutorials and the way you instruct, easy to comprehend, and the step by step approach is excellent.
    Would like, if possible follow, any course on a persobnal basis, at the EEMusic MusicCreationLearmning Center.
    I enjoy the site
    God bless and have a great day

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  18. Hi Eric. Thanks for being a resource. Do you have any lessons on the modes (for a SC boy)? I love the mixolydian and dorian, as well as the aeolian, but am having a tough time with them. I can’t seem to do anything but run up and down the scales.
    thanks
    Jim

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  19. Brother Eric! Love your videos and instructions. I have a question: Do you have a video or tips for how to have a productive practice? As a beginner I struggle with how long I should focus on scales, chords, and learning songs. What’s the amont of time should I practice on each to make my hour effective?

    Keep up the good work!

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  20. Hey Eric, I’ve a subscriber for quite a while now and have listened to you lessons, in particular the ones with playing lead without scales. Because I am an older guitar player and my hands and fingers don’t react like they use to I have to go over things many times. I appreciate all you do.

    I have a request for showing not only the fingering on the frets, but also showing the picking you are doing on the strings , so I get an idea of the up and down picking or just straight picking. It sure would help… Thanks again

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  21. Hey Eric! Enjoy your bass lessons on YouTube. Can you purchase your videos?
    I would love to have all your stuff on bass.it really easy to understand. And it’s fun.👍🏽

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  22. Hi Eric, I love Blue Music and you are the right person who I really highly respect for the efforts you give to guitar lessons on Youtube. I am planning in the near future to visit you and buy a guitar from you Center. I am 64 years old and slow playing guitar, buy determined to learn. I hope I learn more from your valuable leassons. thanks

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  23. I’m a 65 french guy that had not really improved his guitar playing since he started as a teenager. Recently I found Eric’s « South California Purples » tutorial on YouTube. Eric is such a good teacher : cool, clear, soft, precise, encouraging. Since then I’ve learned a lot with him. Thank you very much Eric!

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  24. My grandson and I love your tutorials. Are there tabs available for any of your lessons, specifically the CHRISTMAS CANON ROCK?

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  25. This is one of my original songs. I wrote it for a friend who passed. I taught myself to play guitar over the last 2 1/2 years. Now I have figured out the chords to a lot of my original songs. I’m so happy. Your videos are so helpful to me. Especially the blues lessons. I wrote a number of blues songs. Now I can write the accompaniment. Thank you so very much.

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  26. Hey Eric,

    I just want to say thank you – sincerely. I had nearly given up guitar thinking I’ll just never “get it”, until I started your Old School 12 bar blues tutorial, and within an hour I was playing something entertaining and enjoyable! It still needs some work to smooth off the rough edges, but I am inspired all over again, you’ve really helped me, thank you so much! Best wishes from Steve over in cold and rainy England!

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  27. I love your song tutorials. Do you sell chord/tab sheets which would be much easier for me? If not are you aware of any books that map songs like you do? I don’t want songs that are 10 pages of solos.

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    • Sorry my friend! YouTube videos are all that I do. I have thought of putting together some sort of book, but I don’t have the time an music is so vast, I would not be sure where to start! Thanks for watching my videos!

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  28. I watching/ taking your YouTube lessons for about 10 months, and I am making sounds of music now and getting much better at playing because of you. I am an advanced, watching your lessons have took me in directions I was struggling to find and ‘opened my eyes’ as to great techniques. I have a strong desire to learn the guitar and watch and practice as much as I can. , and more practice. Your tutorials make it enjoyable as I can actually see progress after each lesson! Thank you!!! PS: Do you do music request lessons?

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  29. Eric love your channel! Im a drummer first but injured my knee and was down for 6 months. My bandmates gave me bass, Just to keep me busy I found your channel one day and in five months I can play bass. Thanks do m.uch love ya brother!

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  30. Hi Eric – Love your lessons! As a beginner, I find the pace of your lessons is perfect. One question I have for you is that you seem to come over the top of the neck a lot when you play chords – does this technique work for large-handed players? I have fairly large hands, and as a beginner I’m still struggling with muted strings when I play chords. Thanks for all you do, Eric!

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    • Hi David! I get a lot of flack from some players who say that you are not supposed to use your thumb over the top of the fretboard, but I ignore them. because my is very long, I use it to mute the low E string and use it to play bass notes on the E string when needed. I say if it works for you, use it! Thanks for watching my videos!

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  31. stevon schwartz

    Dear Eric, I’ve played guitar for 55 years. I’ve recorded 4 cds , all songs I’ve written, and worked with hall of fame musicians for years. Mostly I was a drummer and singer. The point I want to make is, in all that time I could never find anyone that could teach me that little passing lick in “knock on wood”. Thanks to you and the internet, my search is over. Now I can go to my grave in peace. I hope I get a chance to meet you someday. Thanks, Stevon

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    • Hey Stevon! That was one that baffled me for a long time too LOL! I decided to sit down one day and figure it out, and I promised myself that I would not get up until I did! Glad it helped you out! Thanks for watching my videos!

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  32. Hi Eric I am from South Africa and was really blown away by your video. Solo playing is a challenge to most guitarists. Your video really pointed me in the right direction. Thanks a million from South Africa.Great work

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  33. Hi Eric, Thank you so much for all the great material you have produced to help people like me learn guitar. I really appreciate the patient way you teach with plenty of detail and nice clear explanations. Best wishes, Ray (Australia)

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  34. Eric, I love the lessons. You make it easy. I have searched everywhere for the lesson where you use the Smooth Groove In Bb Major Band In A Box Backing Track FunkGuitarGuru Funk but all I can find is the backing track. Can you direct me to the lesson?

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  35. Hey Eric, saw you playing a Guild CE 100 D on girl from ipanema you tube listing. I had a 1967 that looked just like it and remember that the numbers 335 were in the serial number. It was stolen in 1968 near the Greenish night club on Gilbert Ave in Cincinnati. I never reported it, too broken hearted and young to know what to do. Would like to buy it from you now if you still have it. Don’t really care how you came to have it, and I’m not implying that you had anything to do with it going missing, it just really has a sentimental value to me. Please email me and I’ll email my phone number back. Also will be in Greenville late March.

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    • Hi Mike! Sorry, but that guitar is not a Guild. It is a Japanese made 70’s Morris MA-B (copy of a Gibson 175-D). However, I love that guitar and would never part with it. Sorry to hear about the loss of your guitar. I had my very favorite Gibson Les Paul Deluxe stolen years ago and never really got over it. Thanks for watching my videos!

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  36. Thx for responding.

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  37. Eric, Thanks for what you do. I’m in a Funk Soul band and learned some songs from you.
    I made a Clearly Funky but I call mine Funkenstein. I was going to send you some pics but didn’t see a email.
    Cheers!
    John.

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  38. John Johantges

    Dear Eric,

    Great tutorial on AWB’s “Picking Up the Pieces”! Candidly speaking, yours is the only tutorial where I could understand and play the lead riff. May I ask your assistance on this piece? I’ve attached a YouTube live version of “Picking Up the Pieces” and halfway thru (after the small drum solo), Amy, the lead guitar player (wearing a kilt) plays a lead in the lower register of the fret board. My question, is that standard riff you just taught, just in a lower register? Or, is something totally different? To be honest, I’m think it’s a blues scale fit around the song. If so, can you confirm? By chance, would I be out of line if asked you give me an idea on how to play that riff?

    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfAJLGFWxYo — AWB’s Picking Up the Pieces

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,

    John Johantges
    13145 Harrison Dr.
    Carmel, IN 46033
    O – 317.853.8938
    M – 317.258.9249
    Email: john@ptg1-indy.com

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    • Hi John! The riff that Hammish repeats is very simple. I never think of a scale for something like that. Just the notes, which are E(0) F(1) on the low E string, followed with Eb(1) D(0) Eb(1) on the D string. That’s all. I normally don’t give advice like this in messages or comments, but you were lucky enough to catch me at a time when I was bored stiff and looking for something to do(which does not happen often lol)! I was also curious about that riff myself lol! Thanks for watching my channel!

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  39. John Johantges

    Hi Eric,

    You’re a Gentleman and a Scholar … thank you very much!!

    Sincerely,

    John Johantges

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  40. You are very welcome my friend! Rock on!

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  41. Hello Sir

    I am a total beginner and have been desirous of learning how to play the bass guitar for years. I purchased a lefty five string Ibanez 505el. I purchased a five string because a great deal of the music I like requires the “B” string. The problem is I have not come across any online bass instructors that include five string bass in the beginner arsenal. They all say “use the “B” string as your stop and just learn the four. Is this right? Is there any true beginner instruction that incorporates all five strungs? Ohh yeah, did I mention I was a lefty? lol

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  42. Hey Eric,
    Just came across your site. I’m a singer songwriter for many years, but I’ve been struggling with soloing on guitar. I’ve learned all of the positions in major and minor scales and their pentatonic forms, as well as triad chord positions/inversions but did not know how to put it all together. I’ve already looked at two if your videos and the light bulbs are already turning on! Looking forward to diving in deeper. Thanks for putting this all together for those of us that have been stuck for many years!! Keith

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    • Hi Keith! Guitar soloing has been something that was always easy for me. In the beginning of my playing, I could solo and could not play ANY chords!! I had to learn that later. Now that I am through performing and only teach, I decided that I should share what I have learned about guitar solos with everyone. Here is my Guitar Solo Class Playlist. I add any new solo videos to it as they are produced so that viewers can find all without searching the entire channel. Keep Rocking my friend! Here is the link! YouTube Guitar Solo Class https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHdKL0zeGNk5BCJETeLNfh55evqT6SnlL

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  43. I started playing guitar about 6 months ago. I just found your site. I can honestly say after going through tons of guitar teaching websites, you are far and away the best teacher out there! No question.
    The isolation has been hard on me. I got divorced last year and I am alone right now. You and your videos have not only made me a better player, you have really helped me pass the time. God bless you for everything you do!

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    • Hi John! Great to hear from you. This is exactly what my YouTube channel is about, sharing what I have learned over the years and what my students and I learn everyday in classes at my music school(EEMusic) hoping to bring a little joy into the homes of folks around the world. Thanks for watching EricBlackmonMusic! And as I always say to viewers, MORE TO COME! Have a great week and stay safe!

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  44. Good evening Mr. Blackmon im very interested in yourway of teaching basa. Im listening to you And l am learning.

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  45. John C Wilson

    I am enjoying your instructions on YouTube. I would like to request a song by the Impressions, I’m So Proud. You have a great ear and pick out some things I didn’t hear. I hope you will consider this request. Keep up the great work. Your musician friend John C Wilson.

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    • Hi John! Thanks for watching my channel! I always take viewers suggestions under consideration, but I can’t promise requests because my work schedule is already filled with more than I will ever be able to do! Thanks again, and stay safe!

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  46. Thanks Eric. Your teaching is simple and easy to learn. You go slow enough for me to keep up. I’m a 66 year old beginner.I want to learn Christmas music. And of course Funky Broadway. God Bless you for your good work. Bob

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  47. Holger Hackenjos

    Dear Eric,
    I am an old guy, from Germany, Hamburg, 70 years on my neck now. I startet on guitar when I was 12 years old and it didn’t work out than, but I played drums all my life. Now during this CORONA times I bought myself a guitar again and by a very lucky moment I found your You Tube Tutorials.
    Daily I practice since 4 weeks now on your lessons, AND REALLY THE BLUES GOES AWAY.
    I am so thankfull to you , can’t tell you how much!!!
    thats the best thing happened to me for a long time.

    Brought some sunshine in my life again.

    Sincerely
    YOURS HOLGER

    PS. cold not really give much back, except to buy some small stuff on your Internet sites.

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    • Greetings from the USA Holger! You made my day! This is exactly the reason that I do this. To share the joy that music has given me all these years with others around the world. My channel is about love, happiness and living in peace with everyone! We have WAY to much of the other stuff! Thanks for finding me. MORE TO COME my friend! Eric

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  48. Eric,
    Just came across your site while looking for the Rainy Night in Georgia intro. Your teaching style is spot on for folks looking to learn the right way to play.

    I’m just a few years younger than you but way behind in skill. Wish we could’ve crossed paths when I was at Fort Bragg in the early 70’s.

    I’ll spread the word about your site to a lot of good musicians I’ve had the good fortune to jam with over the years, I’m sure they will appreciate your site. Your never too good to learn from someone else, and you’re a pretty good someone else to learn from.

    Regards and stay safe,
    Jim

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  49. Lester Ensing

    The best guitar teacher!
    Where I live there are no guitar stores or guitar lessons teacher around, but I found your channel and I would like to say thank you! Your tutorials are right to the point, with no BS. It’s like having a teacher right at home:-) thank you again.
    Sincerely,
    LE

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