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Acclaimed Guitarist, Justin Johnson, reveals the trade secrets, practice tricks, and time-saving techniques behind his guitar style!
Acclaimed Guitarist, Justin Johnson, reveals the trade secrets, practice tricks, and time-saving techniques behind his guitar style!
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Hey, I’m Justin Johnson, and I love guitars!  I have devoted my life to them from that first moment when, as a little boy, I picked up my mom’s beat-up old Stella with one rusty string.  I've been hooked ever since.  Playing guitar was the first job I ever had, and I’ve been playing professionally ever since.  I’ve played thousands of shows in bars, theaters, concert halls, and festival stages around the world.

8 years ago, I sold everything I owned and moved into a tourbus in order to tour full time and devote every minute to music. While living on the road, I began posting videos online, and over the years, my online following has grown to over a million people. 

I settled in Music City, Nashville TN, in order to devote even more time to the studio, recording new music for my fans and creating more instructional videos for those asking.

Four years ago, thanks to massive fan support through Kickstarter, I created an Instructional Series for 3-String and 4-String Guitar, which continues to sell all over the world.  Since then, I’ve received thousands of requests for follow-up material on conventional 6-String Guitar, so I’ve decided it’s time to create a series of instruction for the 6-string, based on the hard-learned lessons, techniques, and secrets that have helped me overcome the biggest hurdles in my personal development on guitar.

I’ve learned a lot of lessons from those first days with the guitar… falling asleep playing it, bleeding with it, learning from mistakes, developing new approaches, gigging, touring, recording, developing voice and style…. the list goes on.  

Luckily, there are libraries full of great guitar instruction out there… I know, because I’ve read and watched hundreds of books, DVDs, videos, and workshops on guitar.  I’ve trained for thousands of hours, hovering somewhere between passion and deranged obsession.  

What I want to do with this new series is to teach the techniques that would have saved me years of practice, had I only learned them sooner. I will teach everything from how simple hand positions can change your sound, to boot-camp-like practice techniques to dominate your weaknesses on guitar.  

I’ll use real-world musical examples for each of my lessons, pulling from some of my most popular online performances, showing you how elaborate techniques can easily be broken down into simple and easy-to-understand concepts.  Think of it as a “greatest hits album” of the lessons and techniques that have helped me the most over the years.

I’ve been able to distill the thousands of questions I get asked all the time, into a 5-Part Instructional Series that will answer all of those most frequently-asked questions.  The series will include in-depth courses covering beginner to advanced fingerpicking, beginner to advanced slide guitar, and Hill Country Blues fingerpicking. The courses will cover hundreds of techniques, including detailed exercises, tips on how to apply theory to music, hours of musical walkthroughs, and thorough demonstrations on how each of these techniques applies to real music.  

This lesson series will include thorough walkthroughs of my most popular online videos, focusing on the melodies, key riffs, rhythmic techniques, chords changes, improv strategies, and more!  

 Here are just a few of the videos that will be taught in this series... 

Want to be part of it? Come aboard! 

The challenge to making this Series happen is that I’m busier than ever, splitting my time between multiple studio projects, film projects, and tour dates around the country. Juggling all of these things as an independent musician makes it difficult to commit the time and resources necessary to creating an in-depth Instructional Series. All I’m asking, to help make it happen, is if you’ve asked for a course in the past, or you see some that you would like to have on DVD or download.. or if you see something that you know a friend or family member would enjoy.. reserve your copies now by choosing from the list of rewards on my Kickstarter page. Those preorders will fund the project and help us make this happen. As soon as we reach our funding goal, I’ll hit the ground running to create this series!

Titles in the new 6-String Instructional Series will be: 

•Beginner Slide Guitar

•Intermediate Slide Guitar

 •Beginner Fingerpicking: Essential Fingerpicking Techniques and Exercises

 •Intermediate Fingerpicking: Applying Fingerpicking Techniques to Music

 •Hill Country Blues Guitar  

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You will NOT be charged until we meet our goal of $20k. If we do not reach our goal, we will not receive any money and you will NOT be charged.
If we reach our goal of $20k, you will be charged for what you pledged and the items you purchased will be shipped to you by the estimated delivery date listed in the description. Every pledge is rewarded from the smallest to the largest. Please view the sidebar to see what you can get for helping us breathe life into this project!
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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: 1 of YOUR CHOICE!

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of YOUR CHOICE of the 5 instructional video lessons from the new series.
    You let us know which of the 5 lessons you want, and the download link to that lesson will be sent to your chosen email address as soon as it's available!
    Choose From:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

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    DVD: 1 of YOUR CHOICE!

    Get the DVD of YOUR CHOICE of the 5 instructional lessons from the new series.
    Just let us know which of the 5 lessons you want, and we'll ship the DVD, as soon as it's available!
    Choose From:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: SLIDE GUITAR 2-PACK

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE of Both (2) Instructional Video Lessons on Slide Technique. The Digital Downloads will be sent to your email address as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get BOTH of the following:
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "Beginner Slide Guitar"
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "Intermediate Slide Guitar"

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: FINGERPICKING 2-PACK

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE of Both (2) Instructional Video Lessons on Fingerpicking Technique. The Digital Downloads will be sent to your email address as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get BOTH of the following:
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "Beginner Fingerpicking: Essential Fingerpicking Techniques and Exercises"
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "Intermediate Fingerpicking: Applying Fingerpicking Techniques to Music"

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    DVD: SLIDE GUITAR 2-PACK

    Both (2) DVDs on Slide Technique will be sent to you as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get BOTH of the following:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"

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    DVD: FINGERPICKING 2-PACK

    Both (2) DVDs on Fingerpicking will be sent to you as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get BOTH of the following:
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOADs: CHOOSE ANY 3!

    Get 3 DIGITAL DOWNLOADs of YOUR CHOICE, from the 5 Instructional Courses from the new series.
    Just let us know which 3 of the 5 Courses you want, and we'll send the Digital Downloads to your email address, as soon as they're available!
    Choose From:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

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    DVDs: CHOOSE ANY 3!

    Get 3 DVDs of YOUR CHOICE, from the 5 Instructional Courses from the new series.
    Just let us know which of the 5 Courses you want, and we'll ship the DVDs, as soon as they're available!
    Choose 3 From:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

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    DOWNLOAD BUNDLE: ENTIRE 5-PART SERIES

    Get the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE of ALL 5 Instructional Video Lessons from the new Series!
    The download link to all 5 lessons from the new instructional series will be sent to your chosen email address as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

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    EARLY BIRD: $25 OFF the ENTIRE BUNDLE!

    EARLY BIRD DVD BUNDLE:
    Get $25 OFF for being FIRST to Purchase the Entire Series of 5 DVDs!
    ALL 5 Instructional DVDs from the new series will be sent to you as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

    +PLUS Bonus Signature Tote Bag!

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    2nd CHANCE EARLY BIRD: $15 OFF Bundle!

    2nd Chance EARLY BIRD: $15 OFF the ENTIRE BUNDLE!

    EARLY BIRD DVD BUNDLE:
    Get $15 OFF for being FIRST to Purchase the Entire Series of 5 DVDs!
    ALL 5 Instructional DVDs from the new series will be sent to you as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

    +PLUS Bonus Signature Tote Bag!

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    DVD BUNDLE: ENTIRE 5-PART SERIES

    DVD BUNDLE: ALL 5 Instructional DVDs from the new series will be sent to you as soon as they're available!
    You'll Get:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

    +PLUS Bonus Signature Tote Bag!

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    SHOVEL GUITAR PKG: "SLIDIN' FROM 3 TO 6"

    At this Reward Level, you'll get everything you need to start Slidin' on your own 3-string Fretless Justin Johnson Signature Shovel Guitar (just like the one that was featured in Justin Johnson's “Crankin’ it Up” viral video) and then use those same slide guitar techniques to learn 6-String Slide Guitar!

    The "SLIDIN' FROM 3 TO 6" Package includes:

    •JUSTIN JOHNSON SIGNATURE 3-STRING SHOVEL GUITAR:
    •CUSTOM HAND-WOUND ELECTRIC PICKUP
    •HIGH QUALITY CHROME HARDWARE
    •FRET MARKERS FOR EASY SLIDE PLAYING

    •JUSTIN JOHNSON SIGNATURE GUITAR SLIDE: Choose from 3 Sizes for a Perfect Fit

    •Package of 4 INSTRUCTIONAL DVDs on Slide Guitar:
    •DVD: "Slide Technique for 3-String Guitar"
    •DVD: "Beginner Slide Technique for 6-String Guitar"
    •DVD: "Intermediate Slide Technique for 6-String Guitar"
    •DVD: "Slide Technique for 6-String Guitar in Standard Tuning"

    +PLUS Bonus Signature Tote Bag!

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    CIGAR BOX GUITAR PACKAGE: 3 OR 4 STRING!

    At this Reward Level, you'll get a Justin Johnson Signature 3-String or 4-String Cigar Box Guitar, hand-built and autographed by Justin!

    The Cigar Box Guitar Package includes:
    •JUSTIN JOHNSON SIGNATURE 3-STRING or 4-STRING CIGAR BOX GUITAR (Your Choice!):
    •CUSTOM HAND-WOUND ELECTRIC HUMBUCKER PICKUP
    •HIGH QUALITY CHROME HARDWARE
    •HARD MAPLE GUITAR NECK WITH SIGNATURE HEADSTOCK

    •FREE Digital Download Package of the ALL 5 of the New Instructional Lessons:
    •"Beginner Slide Guitar"
    •"Intermediate Slide Guitar"
    •"Beginner Fingerpicking"
    •"Intermediate Fingerpicking"
    •"Hill Country Blues Guitar"

    +PLUS Bonus Signature Tote Bag!

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    50% OFF WHOLESALE BUNDLE of 50!

    Get HALF-OFF the price, when you preorder this Bundle of YOUR CHOICE of 50 of the New Instructional DVDs, to offer for sale at your Festival Booth or Guitar Store, or carry in your School, Nonprofit, Library, etc.

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    EVER WISH YOU HAD YOUR OWN THEME SONG?

    At this Reward Level, Justin Johnson will WRITE AND RECORD A PERSONAL THEME SONG JUST FOR YOU!
    Everybody dreams of what the theme music would sound like when they walk into a room, right? I know we do.. Justin will work his wizardry, consult his magical & mystical oracles, and conjure the perfect song to announce your presence to the world!
    How cool is that?!? This would be a really cool surprise for someone else as well! (& with our delivery date of February, you’ll have it just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

    *Previously, when we offered this reward to raise funds for a new album, the theme song Justin wrote ended up on that album! Want to hear it? Check out "Tennessee Turkey and a Carolina Chick" on Justin's "If Walls Could Talk" album! Other examples of Theme Songs commissioned through our Kickstarters are Justin's "Theme for the Samland 1907" and "Dina's Got Her .22 Again"

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

    Ready to join us and be a bigger part of the project?
    At this level, we'll make you ASSOCIATE PRODUCER of the new Instructional DVD Series

    •You will be listed as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the credits of ALL 5 DVDs.

    +PLUS, You will join a +1-hour Skype session with Justin Johnson to give notes and discuss ideas for the instructional series.. Or use this time for personalized instruction on any guitar or guitar gear topic of your choice!
    This is a tremendous opportunity to INFLUENCE THE ACTUAL INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES, and have input into what is covered and how!

    +PLUS, 5 AUTOGRAPHED COPIES of the new 5-Part DVD Series!

    +PLUS 5 Bonus Signature Tote Bags!

    +PLUS AUTOGRAPHED ⭐️MYSTERY GUITAR⭐️! Autographed One-of-a-Kind Guitar, along with a personal written “thank you” for coming aboard as Associate Producer!

    +PLUS, at Associate Producer Level, We cover the Shipping costs on all rewards, no matter where you are in the world!

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    EP & MASTER CLASS at the CROSSROADS!

    At this ULTIMATE VIP LEVEL, we'll make you EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the new Instructional DVD Series

    •You will be listed as EXEC. PRODUCER in the credits of ALL 5 DVDs

    +PLUS, +1-hr Skype with Justin Johnson to discuss ideas for the new series.This is a tremendous opportunity to have input into what is covered and how!

    +PLUS, ... ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???... You'll be invited to come along with us to the Mississippi Delta, where we'll be filming the new instructional series. While you're there with us, you will get a one-on-one in-depth MASTER CLASS from Justin Johnson on the guitar-playing topics of YOUR CHOICE! We'll even take you to the secret location of the Crossroads of Blues Legend!

    +PLUS, 10 AUTOGRAPHED COPIES of the new 5-Part DVD Series!

    +PLUS 10 Bonus Signature Tote Bags!

    +PLUS AUTOGRAPHED ⭐️MYSTERY GUITAR⭐️!
    Autographed One-of-a-Kind Guitar!

    +PLUS, at this Level, We cover the Shipping costs on all rewards, no matter where you are in the world!

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