Style of George Harrison

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.

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Join John Auker as he dissects what made George Harrison a true rock pioneer.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

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.

Length: 5:36 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Gear and Tone

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.

Length: 14:38 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Chuck Berry Influence - Part 1

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.

Length: 7:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Chuck Berry Influence - Part 2

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.

Length: 9:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Country Influence

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.

Length: 12:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Combo Techniques

Now, John Auker shows us what it sounds like when George blends a number of his influences into one solo.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Beatles Style Riff Building

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!

Length: 18:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Indian/Droning Solo Concepts

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.

Length: 7:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

A Very "Raunchy" Lesson

Have you ever wondered how George joined the Beatles? In this lesson, John tells the story and demonstrates the song that got him in.

Length: 6:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

George's Blues Lick Library, Part 1

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.

Length: 17:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

George's Blues Lick Library, Part 2

In this lesson, John teaches 3 new Harrison style licks over the second section of the 12-Bar Blues.

Length: 17:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

George's Blues Lick Library, Part 3

Moving on to the last section of the 12-Bar Blues, John teaches 3 new licks that can be used over the turnaround.

Length: 13:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Mixing and Matching the Blues Lick Library

Taking the licks learned in the last few lessons, John demonstrates how to mix and match them over 12-Bar Blues.

Length: 4:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Using Octaves in Beatles Pop Tunes

In this lesson, John takes a look at the unique way that George used octaves in his playing.

Length: 11:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

In the Style of "From Me to You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

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.

Length: 16:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

More Options for Octaves

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.

Length: 11:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Beatles Ballad in the Style of "And I Love Her"

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."

Length: 12:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 18

Beatle's Country Style, Part 1

Join John as he covers George's country style as exhibited in the 64'-65' time period.

Length: 17:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Beatle's Country Style, Part 2

Continue to explore the Beatle's country style as found in their songs, Act Naturally or What Goes On.

Length: 26:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

George's Rockabilly Style, Part 1

In this lesson, John explores some of George's rockabilly style playing.

Length: 17:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

George's Rockabilly Style, Part 2

Join John as he continues to explore George's Carl Perkins inspired rockabilly style.

Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Boys Will Be Boys

In this lesson, John explores a George's more aggressive rock style. Think Mersey beat era with a little surf rock mixed in.

Length: 8:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

George's Jazzy Solos

In the show tune vein of Till There Was You, John explores the jazzy side of George's playing.

Length: 10:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Going Nowhere

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.

Length: 12:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Complimentary George

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.

Length: 8:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

George's Chord Shapes

Bring some new flavor to your favorite chords by exploring some of the possible shapes used by George Harrison and the Beatles.

Length: 7:41 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

George's Integration of Indian Scales

In this lesson John teaches a mixolydian pentatonic scale, similar to a minor pentatonic scale, that is reminiscent of an Indian music sound.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Indian/Sitar Basics - Part 1

John continues to explore George's Indian influence, especially focused on recreating the sound of a sitar.

Length: 16:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 29

Indian/Sitar Basics - Part 2

In this lesson, John continues to explore the Indian/Sitar style as applied to electric guitar.

Length: 9:17 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 30

More Indian Style

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.

Length: 14:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 31

Backwards Guitar - Part 1

In this lesson, John examines some methods for achieving a backwards, or reversed guitar sound, primarily in a live setting.

Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 32

Backwards Guitar - Part 2

Join John as he explores a few more methods to achieve a backwards or reverse guitar sound.

Length: 14:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 33

The Later Era: Style of Back in the USSR

In this lesson, John takes a look at some of George's later work, in the vein of the White Album.

Length: 9:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

The Later Era: Rhythmic Arpeggios

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.

Length: 9:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 35

The Later Era: It Shall Be

In this lesson, examine some more of George's later work in a melodic style reminiscent of the song Let It Be.

Length: 18:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Something Like George

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.

Length: 16:50 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 37

George's Slide Work

Continuing to look at George's later work, John examines his slide guitar style as heard in the song Marwa Blues.

Length: 19:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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