Hal Leonard Expands Deal with Eric Johnson
Print Publishing Innovator Offers First-Ever Digital Downloads of Johnson's Music on GuitarInstructor.com and SheetMusicDirect.com
MILWAUKEE - Since 1992, Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest music print publisher, has exclusively represented guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson in print. The company recently expanded the deal to include digital rights to Johnson's songs. More than 50 of his signature tunes are available now for the first time in accurate, authorized editions on Hal Leonard's GuitarInstructor.com and SheetMusicDirect.com, two of the most popular online sheet music sites.
Named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine, Johnson is one of popular music's most respected artists. His friend and fellow guitarist Steve Vai observes, "Eric has more colorful tone in his fingers than Van Gogh had on his palette." Johnson's magnum opus "Cliffs of Dover" won him a Grammy in 1991 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, and has exposed his genius to a new generation of players thanks to its inclusion in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
That song - and other Johnson classics including "Trademark," "S.R.V.," "Righteous" and "Desert Rose" - are available for download in extremely accurate, note-for-note guitar transcriptions with tablature and in other formats on GuitarInstructor.com and SheetMusicDirect.com. GuitarInstructor.com also offers exclusive lessons with Johnson, culled from a Hal Leonard instructional DVD filmed in Johnson's Austin studio.
Comments Jeff Schroedl, Hal Leonard VP of Pop & Standard Publications, "To guitar players, Eric Johnson is the gold standard. We've been honored to publish his songs since his early days, and we're proud that our transcriptions live up to his meticulous standards. Many guitarists will be very, very happy to see quality, legal versions of his songs online."