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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.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

JamPlay welcomes back John Auker for a series on what made George Harrison such a unique...

Length: 5:36
Lesson 2

Gear and Tone

What made George Harrison's early Beatles sound so distinct? John Auker takes a look at...

Length: 14:38
Lesson 3

Chuck Berry Influence...

Chuck Berry's playing was a huge influence on George Harrison. In this lesson, John Auker...

Length: 7:48
Lesson 4

Chuck Berry Influence...

John continues to explore Chuck Berry's influence on George Harrison's early playing by...

Length: 9:18
Lesson 5

Country Influence

Another huge influence on George's playing were the country styles of Chet Atkins, Carl...

Length: 12:47
Lesson 6

Combo Techniques

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

Length: 10:00
Lesson 7

Beatles Style Riff Building

Ever wonder how the Beatles came up with some of their iconic riffs? John Auker has studied...

Length: 18:47
Lesson 8

Indian/Droning Solo...

Indian music influenced George Harrison a great deal. Not only did George play the sitar...

Length: 7:55
Lesson 9

A Very "Raunchy" Lesson

Have you ever wondered how George joined the Beatles? In this lesson, John tells the...

Length: 6:08
Lesson 10

George's Blues Lick...

In this lesson, we're taking a look at George's bluesy early days, through the eyes of...

Length: 17:55
Lesson 11

George's Blues Lick...

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

Length: 17:40
Lesson 12

George's Blues Lick...

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

Length: 13:49
Lesson 13

Mixing and Matching...

Taking the licks learned in the last few lessons, John demonstrates how to mix and match...

Length: 4:34
Lesson 14

Using Octaves in Beatles...

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

Length: 11:25
Lesson 15

In the Style of "From...

Taking our octaves into the world of the Beatles, we are going to learn a song reminiscent...

Length: 16:05
Lesson 16

More Options for Octaves

We aren't done with octaves! In this lesson, we'll look at how to incorporate open strings...

Length: 11:41
Lesson 17

Beatles Ballad in the...

George especially excelled at playing ballads. In this lesson, John walks through some...

Length: 12:37
Lesson 18

Beatle's Country Style,...

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

Length: 17:59
Lesson 19

Beatle's Country Style,...

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

Length: 26:00
Lesson 20

George's Rockabilly...

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

Length: 17:31
Lesson 21

George's Rockabilly...

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

Length: 7:12
Lesson 22

Boys Will Be Boys

In this lesson, John explores a George's more aggressive rock style. Think Mersey beat...

Length: 8:46
Lesson 23

George's Jazzy Solos

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

Length: 10:25
Lesson 24

Going Nowhere

In this lesson, John takes a look at the chord soloing style found in mid-Beatle's era...

Length: 12:54
Lesson 25

Complimentary George

Rhythm guitar never gets as much attention as lead playing, but it's just as vital to...

Length: 8:58
Lesson 26

George's Chord Shapes

Bring some new flavor to your favorite chords by exploring some of the possible shapes...

Length: 7:41
Lesson 27

George's Integration...

In this lesson John teaches a mixolydian pentatonic scale, similar to a minor pentatonic...

Length: 8:53
Lesson 28

Indian/Sitar Basics...

John continues to explore George's Indian influence, especially focused on recreating...

Length: 16:52
Lesson 29

Indian/Sitar Basics...

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

Length: 9:17
Lesson 30

More Indian Style

In this final lesson focused on George's Indian influence, John continues to demystify...

Length: 14:30
Lesson 31

Backwards Guitar - Part...

In this lesson, John examines some methods for achieving a backwards, or reversed guitar...

Length: 12:59
Lesson 32

Backwards Guitar - Part...

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

Length: 14:00
Lesson 33

The Later Era: Style...

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

Length: 9:29
Lesson 34

The Later Era: Rhythmic...

In this lesson John examines George's use of arpeggios, in the style of songs such as...

Length: 9:05
Lesson 35

The Later Era: It Shall...

In this lesson, examine some more of George's later work in a melodic style reminiscent...

Length: 18:05
Lesson 36

Something Like George

The song, Something, contains what may be George's most iconic solo. In this lesson,...

Length: 16:50
Lesson 37

George's Slide Work

Continuing to look at George's later work, John examines his slide guitar style as heard...

Length: 19:57
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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.

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.