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Erik is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

Erik Mongrain has 19 guitar lessons and videos at JamPlay, with 17 lessons in our Artist Series and 2 entertainment videos. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Erik Mongrain Artist Series

Self-taught acoustic guitarist Erik Mongrain shows off some of his innovations and moves in this Phase 2 Artist Series.

Lesson 1

Interview & History...

Take 18 minutes to get to know Erik, and discover his unique path to becoming a composer...

Length: 18:25
Lesson 2

About Erik's Guitar:...

Erik discusses his guitar in detail and how it is setup.

Length: 39:41
Lesson 3

About Erik's Electronics,...

In this lesson Erik explains the electronic components of his gear.

Length: 5:04
Lesson 4

Warmups and Fingering...

Erik demonstrates how he gets warmed up. He also shows some exercises that build muscle...

Length: 23:06
Lesson 5

Harmonics - Basics and...

Erik expounds on the many possibilities of open tunings and the new harmonics that you...

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Lesson 6

Harmonics - Picked and...

Erik explains picked harmonics and something he calls the "Waterfall Technique".

Length: 7:05
Lesson 7

Harmonics - Strummed,...

Erik shows you some more of his moves in this installment of the harmonics mini-series.

Length: 9:58
Lesson 8

Erik Mongrain: Harmonics...

Erik demonstrates some more of his harmonic moves. He covers slapping, tapping, and popping...

Length: 7:29
Lesson 9

Harmonics - Held & The...

This is the last lesson in the harmonics mini series by Erik. In this lesson he covers...

Length: 10:06
Lesson 10

Right Hand Flick, Strums,...

Erik Mongrain returns with more "Moves". In this lesson he shows you his right hand flick,...

Length: 17:09
Lesson 11

Percussion: Instrument...

Erik shows how his guitar is set up and customized for his percussive moves.

Length: 9:24
Lesson 12

Percussion: Using the...

Erik teaches the basics of percussive techniques on acoustic guitar.

Length: 13:27
Lesson 13

Percussion: Sweeping...

In this lesson Erik explains what he calls "sweeping." This is not a neoclassical shred-fest.

Length: 12:11
Lesson 14

Lap Tapping: Posture,...

Erik covers the basics of lap tapping. This lesson will get you acquainted with the posture...

Length: 4:22
Lesson 15

Lap Tapping: Harmonics,...

Erik explains the basics of the lap tapping style in this lesson.

Length: 12:17
Lesson 16

Dialogue And Discussion:...

This is a three part lesson on music composition. In the first part, Erik talks about...

Length: 44:47
Lesson 17

Dialogue And Discussion:...

Erik discusses the various aspects of performing live. He shares many tips and useful...

Length: 21:17
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Erik Mongrain was born in Montreal on April 12, 1980. When he was young, he was more into sports than music. Growing up to the sounds of Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and mostly Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Erik discovered an interest in guitar. At 14, he received a classical guitar as a gift and learnt by ear his favorite songs. A year later, he bought his very first electric guitar which allowed him to learn and play Nirvana songs to his delight. Erik Mongrain was born in Montreal on April 12, 1980. When he was young, he was more into sports than music.

Growing up to the sounds of Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and mostly Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Erik discovered an interest in guitar. At 14, he received a classical guitar as a gift and learnt by ear his favorite songs. A year later, he bought his very first electric guitar which allowed him to learn and play Nirvana songs to his delight.

Over the following four years, he learned guitar on his own, composed his own music and discovered Jean-Sebastian Bach classical guitar melodies, which he learned by heart. Around the age of 18, he discovered a Canadian guitar giant who goes by the name of Don Ross.

It was during this period in his life that Erik chose acoustic guitar as his favorite musical instrument through which he wished to share his passion with others around him. He made another major discovery with the contemporary music of a Californian named Michael Hedges. "It was a true revelation tome, I had finally found my niche" stated Erik. He is still a great fan of Michael Hedges to this day.

During that time, he discovered and experimented a technique, which was unknown to him until then, "lap tapping" "I immediately adopted that technique." With the guitar on his lap, he tapped the chords as if it were a piano. The effect was spectacular! People passing by on the streets were his first "fans". Over those years, Erik played in streets and subway stations in Montreal, in the U.S. as well as in Europe.

In Granada, Spain, a journalist came across this young Montrealer, who was then 21, sitting on the sidewalk and playing his guitar. Impressed by his talent, he wrote an article in the "Granada" newspaper and made the following prediction:
As another great guitar tapping player, Stanley Jordan, Mongrain started out in the streets of Granada, he will continue on in the Barcelona subway and will probably end up recording on world class major labels

Jesus Arias, Granada, May 18, 2001
Erik is a musician who is constantly researching and exploring the world of music. For almost two years now, Erik has resumed standard guitar posture and has been writing at tremendous speed songs in which the harmonies and melodies are profoundly inspired.

It is often said that one cannot fight fate. From streets to T.V. sets, this young self-taught guitar player has not betrayed the old saying. 2007, Erik Mongrain launches his first CD entitled "Fates" and now "Equilibrium" to the delight of music lovers..