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Welcome to my blog! I’m Eric Blackmon!

Eric Blackmon has played various instruments for 50 years, toured professionally for 40 years and taught music professionally for the last 10. 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.

Eric is the creator of YouTube’s MOST FRIENDLY MUSIC TUTORIAL CHANNEL featuring over 1200 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. Hello,

    I have a special strum that I use for dock of the bay. I learned it after watching your tutorial, anyway I will try to upload a video on how I strum it. I’d like to know what you think. I’ve been told I play slow.

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  2. I LOVE your instructional videos! I’d like to make a request for you to do Sweet Sticky Thing by The Ohio Players. I found the chords online (link below) but can’t figure out the chord fingering on some (like AM& & Bsus4 9) to make it sound right.
    http://hammondb3.hatenablog.com/entry/2013/02/12/010833

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  3. You are a excellent instructor your demeanor in perfect for conveying your point…….and ive watched a lot
    THANK YOU
    ART COLEMAN NY

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  4. Eric – Recently came across your 12 Bar Blues tutorials on uTube – Amazing and surprised how quickly I’m learning but having great fun with it too! Many thanks! Simon, London UK

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  5. I am getting old and recovering from a bad motorcycle wreck,Started playing again mainly open G with one finger barre chord and simple solos.
    Your lessons are perfect and you are an incredible instructor.
    I use to run a recording studio in the 60s and promoted concerts and recognize great
    talent when I hear one and you are certainly among those great pickers.

    Thanks

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  6. I like the ukulele soloing videos. Great work.

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  7. Dear Eric,

    First of all, I am fascinated by your learning electric guitar videos on YouTube. As an amateur guitarist for several years, I just want to know what brand and what specific model of guitar pick you use.
    I would also like to know what brand and what gauge you use for your guitar strings.

    Kindest regards.

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    • Hi Jacob!
      I use D’addario EXL120+ electric strings almost exclusively for my electrics. The guage is 9.5-44. They are an in-between gauge that bends like a 9 set, but have the meatly sound of a 10 set. I will be posting a video eventually on choosing picks, because I use different picks for different types of music. Thanks for watching my videos! More to come, so stay tuned!

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      • Hi Eric,
        Thank you for answering so quickly. I look forward for your video about your guitars picks. If you run out of time, you can give me some examples, especially for those you use in “Michael Jackson Justin Timberlake LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD”, “Marvin Gaye I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE”, “Earth Wind And Fire Shining Star “, “Chic GOOD TIMES”, “Bruno Mars Mark Ronson UPTOWN FUNK”, “Bruno Mars TREASURE”…
        Long life to your YouTube channel.

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    • Hi!
      For the funk and R&B strumming, I use a thin or med pick, never heavy to keep the sound nice and bright! More detail when the video comes out! Thanks!

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  8. Hi!
    For the funk and R&B strumming, I use a thin or med pick, never heavy to keep the sound nice and bright! More detail when the video comes out! Thanks!

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  9. Can I just thank you for being my most helpful and clearly understood guitar teacher on YouTube. I have only been playing a year and haven’t made as much progression as perhaps I should, because I can’t afford to have private tutorial – but after recently discovering your video tutorials – I am finally learning to play blues music, which I have always loved to hear. Thank you Eric.

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    • Folks like you are the reason that I post on YouTube! It is hard to get “good” guitar lessons anywhere! Even if you pay for them! I want to help people see that most anyone can learn to play if the get the right instruction! Thanks so much for following my lessons! More to come! Eric

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      • Well you certainly achieve your goal. Please keep up the good work you’re doing. There are people like myself who thoroughly appreciate all your teachings and I personally love how you break everything down to clear, step by step instruction. Thank you again.

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  10. illusion buster

    Eric, you have broken down so many lessons into a simple form for simple minds like mine and others, likewise I applaud your instructions. I started playing 4-5 years ago and could never get my head around major and minor transitions but your video of Am to C major in the same position(as opposed to playing the Am pentatonic and then moving up the frets to play C major) has inspired me to now take my playing to a whole new level of consciousness and as a result I now can see the entire neck in a whole new perspective. Your soul has remarkably filtered down into your mind an easy way of understanding music and passing it along. Now that I have retired from work its a joy to play without thinking and let it flow naturally, I also found that playing in the same position has made it much easier to speed up or slow down according to the feel. Thanks so much. Please do a few more lessons on Joe Bonamassa, as he uses phrasing that is unique to blues.

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    • That is so awesome! Helping folks to better enjoy playing music brings me so much joy! I have some Joe Bonamassa stuff on my to-do list that I hope to eventually get to(along with hundreds of other artists). I do have a video of a solo to “John Henry” on Youtube that you can check out now. Here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z8ijhe3Fyk Thanks for watching my channel! Eric

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      • illusion buster

        yes I d/l the bonamassa vid. . I was thinkg more along the lines of his older bluesy stuff, like songs from New day yesterday and blues deluxe cd’s. do you ever get over to Raleigh? If so email me when you do Id like to meet you and talk shop or jam if possible, dont have a vehicle or id come to greenville and visit.

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  11. illusion buster

    Eric this link says invalid parameters, this is from your website.
    EBM Backing Tracks https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHdKL0zeGNk7Qh4gEthHY1VlkH1cjBqkq

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    • Hi! I have been to Raleigh one time in my entire life, when a band I was in did a gig up there! When I get a chance(I have no idea when that will be) I will take a look at Joe’s older stuff. My YouTube stuff is a spin-off of my daily classes, and none of my 50 students are into Joe B’s music. The video you saw was a contest entry(didn’t win). Thanks for watching videos!

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    • Hi, sorry but the problem must be on your end. I just used the link you sent me and it took me straight to the backing track play list. thanks!

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  12. Hi Eric, my name is Jesse Stone a retired Army Veteran, and my son and I are just now getting interested in guitars, mostly the bass for me. And I must say that after looking at lots and lots of videos on youtube, you are the best at instructing a beginner. I just wanted to say thanks, and keep on posting!!! We are looking for the song I should have loved you…. and Forget me not. Thanks, Jesse

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    • Hi Jesse! Welcome to EricBlackmonMusic! Thanks for watching my stuff! I can’t take requests because of my hectic schedule, but I will add those songs to my list of possibilities for the future! EricBlackmonMusic features over 1500 tutorials! Saving my directory in your favorites will make it easy for you to find lessons you like! It’s updated regularly!

      To find specific artists, genres or instrument YouTube tutorials type ” ericblackmonmusic rock” or ericblackmonmusic jazz” or “ericblackmonmusic scales” ericblackmonmusic Led Zeppelin” or whatever you are looking for in the YouTube search box to find tutorials! Keep rocking!

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  13. 67 years old and I finally find a music teacher who can teach this old wannabe, yahoo.

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  14. Just found your website and video tutorials on YouTube. Fantastic! I’ve played guitar on and off for several years and definitely hit a plateau in my playing. After looking at a few of your videos it was as if they were made just for my situation. I’ll be checking out the rest of them and will make my Amazon purchases through your site in order to support your efforts. Many thanks and keep the great lessons coming!

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  15. I really like your videos I would like to see if you have any instructional videos in sequence that I can take. If I can purchase them or subscribe I would appreciate it that would keep me from having to go up-and-down to find a sequence of instruction.thank you so much for the great videos again

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  16. Hey eric can you teach the bass line from “I want you back” The Jackson 5? Also I’m from Jacksonville and when I come through Greenville can I stop by get your autograph and a picture with you? Thanks love what you do, you’re the best teacher out there.

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  17. Eric,
    In the spirit of the season, I would like to donate a guitar for one of your students in need. No jokes or catches (unless I can finagle a hat out of you…LOL).

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  18. Eric,
    I’d like to donate an as good as new Dean electric guitar to one of your students for Christmas.
    Can you send me the details?

    Eric J Ess

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  19. Only if you throw in a hat!…..Just kidding.
    You do so much for others, I’d be happy to do it.

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  20. Ship address is :
    Eric Blackmon
    21 Zelma Drive
    Greenville SC 29617

    I have ONE hat left(got to get some more done) and it’s yours! Forward your address too!
    Thanks Eric! Eric

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    • Good day sir,

      I am off to my local music store to grab a box and then ship the guitar off to you.

      If you have not gotten the tracking information from UPS by this evening, please drop me a note and I will forward that information to you

      Feel free to hang on to your last hat. I promise not to tell Mrs. Blackmon you hid her car key in order to aquire (the alleged) pawn shop Les Paul. You already owe her for “persuading” you to clean the garage and find that Telecaster!

      Sincerely and Blessed Holidays,

      Eric Ess 2632 Ellet Avenue Apt. 9 Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 689-9285

      On Dec 8, 2015 4:12 PM, “ericblackmonmusic” wrote: > > Eric Blackmon commented: “Ship address is : Eric Blackmon 21 Zelma Drive Greenville SC 29617 I have ONE hat left(got to get some more done) and it’s yours! Forward your address too! Thanks Eric! Eric” >

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  21. I think you mean the “the pawn shop rocker SG”.( I doesn’t know about the Les Paul 🙂
    I plan to get some more hats soon, so I am sending you this one! I will let you know about the tracking #.
    Thanks Eric, Eric

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    • Hi Eric,

      Slight delay with weather here. The guitar will go out via UPS about noon tomorrow.

      Peace,

      Eric On Dec 9, 2015 5:36 PM, “ericblackmonmusic” wrote:

      > Eric Blackmon commented: “I think you mean the “the pawn shop rocker SG”.( > I doesn’t know about the Les Paul 🙂 I plan to get some more hats soon, so > I am sending you this one! I will let you know about the tracking #. Thanks > Eric, Eric”

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  22. I type so badly. It was supposed to be “she doesn’t know about the Les Paul”

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  23. Dear Mr. Blackmon,

    After a very trying day-trying to find an acceptable shipping box for UPS- I should hope they will pick up either tomorrow or Sunday. The tracking number will be:1Z BTP 974 P2 9516 4222.

    I apologize for the delay.

    Eric

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  24. No problem! Have a great weekend!

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  25. How do I print out tabs for your 12 bar blues video? I can’t seem to find it.
    Thanks

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  26. According to UPS: Greenville, SC, United States 16/12/2015 2:25 Out for Delivery….
    Hope it helps. The hat is great. Custom monogram. Autographed! I am not worthy….LOL

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  27. If this is not the correct address, please give UPS a call. If not, they are lost.
    Eric Blackmon
    21 Zelma Drive
    Greenville SC 29617

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  28. It’s Here! And it’s awesome! I will get to work on a video for the giveaway after the holidays! Thanks again Eric!

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  29. Good Luck and have a joyful Christmas.

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  30. Hello Eric,

    I love your guitar tutorials. Can you do a guitar tutorial of Sussudio from Phil Collins.

    Thanks in advance

    Dennis

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  31. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We just recently discovered you site and we love it. You are an excellent instructor, one in a field of millions. Thank you for teaching my husband how to play old school, real 12 bar blues, I grew up in Hudson Ohio between Akron and Cleveland, and 20 minutes from Kent. From the age of 14 I was going into little bars to see everyone from Robert Jr Lockwood to BB and Johnny Winter to Muddy and all the rest of the great bluesmen. Your site ensures musicians know how to play blues in their original and purest form. Johnny Winter said RJL kept him true to the blues. Thank you for doing the same for all of us. Peace, JaM

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  32. I really appreciate your work. I learn a lot from you. Could please include a tutorial in the near future of Bobby Blue Band’s ” Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City ” Thanks! Keep up the Great Work!

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  33. With all the teachers out on the computer, I wanted to say you have an awsome talent for teaching. Love your approach! Keep it up. You’ve help me soo much ya dont even know. So I wanted to say thanks.
    Btw a “Dock of the Bay” lesson would be cool to see how you do it!!

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  34. EB, where did you get that cool red strap with the black cross? I’ve scoured the net and can’t find it. Custom made?

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  35. My daughter recently embroidered one for a local music store. Currently, we can only do the nylon type belts. If you’d like her to give one a shot, pick a belt color and cross color. I’ll let you know after a response.

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  36. Dear Eric,

    Thanks a lot for your videos about blues solo, it very helpful.

    kindest regards,

    E. from france

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  37. Lonesome Lenny

    Hi Eric,

    Old Geezer here been playing pedal steel and guitar or over 50 years and not proud to say I can still learn. You have a lot of useful info and thanks for sharing. Regarding the capo on a string at the end of the headstock. A capo can eat into the finish on lacquer guitars and so can the clip on tuners. Mainly Gibson and Martin or high end guitars have lacquer finishes. I learned the hard way about this so just passing along a tip.

    Best regards,

    Lenny

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  38. I meant buy. (ed. note)

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  39. Thanks for the indirect lessons. As a beginner, what kind of acoustic guitar would you recommend – here’s my problem – short stubby fingers. I have a Takemini G series that seems too small. I like it and I am learning on it but I mute higher strings and twang the lower ones. Driving me nuts.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks Mr. B
    LS

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  40. Sir,
    Thanks for the tutorials.
    I have a beginner’s question. I suffer from shorter , stubby fingers. From a life of labor I suppose. I have a Takemini G series beginner guitar. I like it and Zi am learning but I mute the higher strings and twang the lower. Driving me crazy. Any suggestions?
    Thanks for your you tube lessons.
    LS

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  41. Mr. Blackmon,
    Good morning. Sorry for the two same comments. Also thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
    I will look at the recommended video and practice done.
    You have a very user friendly set up and I appreciate that. I think others do to by the looks of it.
    Thanks and have a good day.
    LS

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  42. Thanks Eric, you have inspired me to learn to play the guitar

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  43. Hi Eric,
    We are a small banjolele manufacturer form New Zealand.
    http://www.dukeuke.com
    It would be fantastic if we could send you an instrument for your evaluation.
    Look forward to hearing from you!
    Cheers,
    Ed

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    • That would be awesome! I will spend a little time with it and produce a video featuring it!
      My ship address is:
      Eric Blackmon (EricBlackmonMusic)
      21 Zelma Drive
      Greenville South Carolina 29617

      Thanks so much!

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  44. Umm, OK.

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  45. It was an innocent misunderstanding.

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  46. OK, really silly question from a beginner…. Trying to play 12 bar blues you posted for beginners. I understand and can play the 3 chords, but I simply can not make the strum sound like what you do. I have tried the U-D-U-D-U-D using 8th notes, but sounds nothing like what you do. Any chance of seeing your right hand strumming on this strum? I know it is several years old, but just saw it and would really like to be able to play just anything that sounds like music.

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  47. There are no silly questions, only unasked ones. I too am a beginner and blues is my love as well. Eric’s suggestions regarding the other videos are helpful I’ve also found setting a metronome (available on line or built in to many tuners) at a comfortable pace and timing that “up” just before the “and” will come around as will speed.

    Hey, your getting advice from a guy who’s sense of rhythm is like Steve Martin’s in his first movie The Jerk. Google it, it’s worth a thousand words.

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  48. OK, thanks for both replies. I had missed the other videos where you actually see the strumming hand. I can make more / better sound using the D/U/U/U/D pattern than the straight D/U/D/U pattern. I will continue to work on that.

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  49. Hi Eric,

    I just purchased a Bass and started looking online for basic lessons to get a feel on getting to know some basics. I like old funk tunes. I believe they have the best bass lines. I found your youtubes and notice that you give excellent instructions that’s easy to understand and follow. I’m wondering if you still are doing your Funky Friday’s, I believe that’s what you call it, and do you have any Bar-Kays riffs in your bag, other than Soul Finger, that you can do a YouTube lesson on?

    I really enjoyed the bass lessons I’ve viewed so far. Great work keep doing what your doing.

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    • Hi Mitch!
      Funky Friday is one of the many things that I have come up with over the years, but I am involved in so many things right now(including re-doing my studio after a car crashed through it) that I don’t know when I will get back to Funky Friday. In the meantime, please check out my dedicated funk channel FunkGuitarGuru. Here is the link. Thanks for watching my videos! https://www.youtube.com/user/funkguitarguru

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  50. Hi Eric I really enjoy learning from your videos I’m a beginner one or your videos teaches play 5 notes instead of 4 this is what I was doing and it was boring after I changed to5 notes it sounded so much better. I love bb king I’m learning thrill is gone from your video I’m so excited thank you very much your style of teaching is very very good

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    • Hi Charlie. Adding just 1 note makes a world of difference doesn’t it?! It’s the little things that count! Thanks so much for watching my videos! To find more of my blues stuff on YouTube search “ericblackmonmusic blues guitar tutorial series”. There is ton of stuff that you can use to play easy blues! Thanks for watching my channel!
      Eric

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