Just a quick cell phone bluesy slide jam on my cigar box guitar. Sorry about all the slide knocks on the neck. #cigarboxguitar #blues

This started out as some riffing on my Russian cigar box guitar. Later i added some standard drum kit beats via my roland handsonic. To add a bit of drone i also used my jaw harp. Towards the end of the song i added my g&l asat electric guitar with some pentatonic leads. Thanks for listening :-) #cigarboxguitar

Justin Johnson playing at the 7th annual Cigar Box Guitar festival in St. Louis at the Highway 61 Roadhouse. I try and go to this every year to see all the amazing #cigarboxguitars and hear the wizard shred it up on various builds.

Just testing out how well my phone pucks up my playing on the cigar box guitar. #cbg #cigarboxguitar #improvising.

Another freestyle jam on my sitar. I added a few tracks of drums via my roland handsonic that include a tabla, a yangqin, a guzheng and some subtle bongos. There's also a jaw harp track to add some drone. I call this one sitar sunrise because of the jwildfire fractal overlay, and the video finally finished rendering early in the morning :-). Thanks for listening :-) #sitar #handsonic #originalmusic

This started out as an random improvisation and the riffs sounded a bit medieval to me so i added my frame drum, a shaker and some midi strings. Later in the song i add a bit of synth overlay via the midi track i recorded on my midi guitar. Thanks for listening :-)

This started out as an improvisation on my sitar in Ravi Shankar tuning. Later i added some percussion via my Roland handsonic's tabla setting. The fractal overlay was created in jwildfire and imposed on the video in adobe after effects. Thanks for listening :-)

This is a demonstration of my five jaw harps combined with some drumming on my roland handsonic drum. I also added some synth drones in the same key as each of the jaw harps as well as animation of each jaw harp while i play them in sequence. Back in the day shamans used to use jaw harps to access spirit helpers to forsee the future, treat people or gain hidden knowledge. I just use these as a way to chill out after a long day at work and take my mind off of things. Thanks for listening :-)

Found this old video i made where I dug out my dad's old guitar and recorded this improvisation. This is the first guitar I learned how to play. It's an old hondo dreadnaught that had the bridge and nut replaced with brass versions to give a loud sustaining tone. I recorded the audio in 5.1 via my camera's microphone then mixed it down to stereo in adobe audition. Thanks for listening :-)

Improvising on my prs to a simple drum beat by Jim Dooley. My main goal was to test out a weird effects chain in guitar rig. I stacked distortion over a grain delay that was fed into a sine wave modulator that controls a talking wah. That signal was then fed into an ice reverb with lots of coloring. It turned out pretty weird which is what i was hoping for. I also got to test out a particle simulation in after effects that turns video into a series of dots then scatters them in a rotating pattern.

This is a song I made up in homage to the endless gray winter days here in Chicago. It starts out with a simple beat created on my handsonic. Then I use a g&l comanche for the rhythm and a musicman stingray for the bass. Leads are on my cigar box guitar and g&l asat. Cloud timelapse was taken by a lake where I like to hunt for mushrooms (keep an eye out for the birds). Hope you all enjoy, thanks for listening. #winter #chicago

This is a combination of two of my latin/spanish instruments. This song starts out with sounds of my fiberglass udu drum. I filled it with water to get some interesting liquid pitch variances. Later there are a couple tracks of classical guitar improvisation along with a sunrise video. I recorded the sunrise while camping in Michigan at Elk Lake. Hope you all enjoy and thanks for listening :-) #udu #classicalguitar

This started out as a fast cigar box improvisation I made up on the spot and recorded with my zoom h6. Later I added some subtle drums via my roland handsonic. I've been trying to learn new things in after effects so i fiddled around with an alpha mask based off 350 of my scanned ballpoint pen doodles. Once the doodles were scanned I just made them all black and white the stacked them in a slideshow. The black portions of the doodles reveal the color of the original video.

This started out as an improvisation on my idiopan tank drum recorded via my zoom h6. Later i added some grain delay and tone filters in guitar rig along with the original clean recording of the idiopan. I also recorded a couple subtle tracks on my meinl udu drum for a bit more rythym. #idiopan #udu

Just a tune i thought up while i was bored riding a slow train out to the suburbs. I captured some timelapse video and audio on my phone then recorded my musicman bass, g&l asat and comanche to a 120bpm standard drum kit beat by Jim Dooley. The bass was recorded clean then amped with guitar rig. Guitars were recorded via my axe fx with delay set to match the bpm of the song so i could get synced delay trails.

This is an experimental animation using after effects and my ball point pen doodles. Towards the end of the video the original images are shown. The audio is just me jamming on my cigar box guitar plugged into my strymon timeline pedal. Hope you all enjoy and thanks for listening.

Sunday night practice session of oud and udu.

Another exploration into the art of improvising where I combine my tar drum, cajon, cigar box guitar, udu, musicman bass and irish bouzouki in a Spanish style composition. The bass has an envelope filter effects on it to add some depth and i put a bit of delay on the percussion tracks. The bouzouki is mostly clean other than a tint of reverb and eq. Color overlay for the video was made in jwildfire. Hope you all enjoy, thanks for listening :-)

This video shows my girlfriend trying to move carl the vinegaroon to his new enclosure. Music is me jamming on my oud to a middle eastern beat. #vinegaroon #oud

Another jam in open c on my wechter pathfinder. #acoustic #guitar #jam

Just a jam on my egyptian oud where i added midi tracks to it later as well as a rythym track via tapping on my electric kalimba hooked into my axe fx.

Jamming on my musicman stingray 5 with a tc electronic bg250 amp and a custom toneprint. I finally decided to play around with toneprints and this is the result. I remixed a drumbeat by Jim Dooley then improvised on bass. (Pardon the effects on the video i've just been playing around in after effects lately).


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Original artwork including drawings, digital art and animation as well as original music compositions created on various stringed instruments.