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Watch the Kings of Tone online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Kings of Tone

Let’s talk about some of my favorite players and how they get their tone. Or at least as close as we can get!

What makes a King of Tone? To me it is someone who is immediately recognizable as an artist by playing as little as one note. We can spot their tone, touch, feel, and vocabulary right away and we love them for that! For example when we hear Jimi Hendrix, or Jeff Beck, we know it’s them without question. Music is about finding your own voice, that being said it is essential that we study the masters, just as they studied who came before them. It’s an age old tradition that is proven to work. In this course I will take you on an in depth look at the styles, tones, amps, pedals, guitars, and setups of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Angus Young, David Gilmour, Keith Richards, and Mark Knopfler.

So what is Kings of Tone about? First off, it is not how to play like Jimi note for note for example, (although I have included some pretty sweet licks!). What we will learn is how to channel twelve classic Kings of Tone at will. I will get into specifics on how to dial in your amp, tweak your pedals, and play stylistic licks of some of my favorite players. I will also discuss guitars, setups, and concepts used by each of these tone kings. Will you end up sounding like them? I don’t know, that’s not the point! The point is to understand their approach, tone, style and eventually make it your own. JUST LIKE THEY DID! Oh yeah, I include jam tracks as well.

I hope to demystify some of these players for you by sharing with you some of the insights I have gained by studying them over the years. I think you will find many of these segments extremely useful, for example the next time your band says the want a guitar part that sounds like The Edge, you will know what to do! Want to whip out a patented Keith Richards open G riff? You are good to go. Want to get into some David Gilmour space out sounds? Check! Want to know what scales Angus Young favors? I’m on it!

Use this course in anyway you want, the guitarists are in no particular order. Jump around and have fun. I hope you enjoy this course and I would love your feedback, please feel free to drop me a line at my website I look forward to hearing from you! Enjoy!