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JJamPlay 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.
Taught by John Auker in Style of George Harrison seriesLength: 5:36Difficulty: 0.0 of 5
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...Length: 5:36 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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...Length: 12:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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...Length: 7:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
In this lesson, John takes a look at the unique way that George used octaves in his playing.Length: 11:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Join John as he covers George's country style as exhibited in the 64'-65' time period.Length: 17:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
In this lesson, John explores some of George's rockabilly style playing.Length: 17:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Join John as he continues to explore George's Carl Perkins inspired rockabilly style.Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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...Length: 8:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
John continues to explore George's Indian influence, especially focused on recreating the sound of a sitar.Length: 16:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
In this lesson, John continues to explore the Indian/Sitar style as applied to electric guitar.Length: 9:17 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Join John as he explores a few more methods to achieve a backwards or reverse guitar sound.Length: 14:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
About John Auker View Full Biography
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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