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Music in the coronavirus age


Greetings to all. What a time we live in. So, without unnecessarily fueling the discussion on our current coronavirus predicaments, I’ll say this: there has never been a time when we as a humanity have had more time on our hands, stuck at home, alone with our own thoughts. Consequently, never has it been more important to be proactive in lifting our spirits up instead of descending into the abyss of baiting online frenzy and pandemonium.

I personally am taking steps to steer my focus and energy into new projects, activities, practice my instruments, languages, read about new interests, and anything else that can lift me up. This is proactive business, a challenge of brand new magnitude.

I believe that picking up an instrument can be one of these uplifting activities for which there has never been a better time to start and/or develop. Music is medicine for the soul, and gaining the ability to *make* it brings this truth to a whole other level. I have lived it for the past 23 years.

So, I would like to offer what I have to offer from my home to your home: Teaching. Most of you have seen my live videos from the road, tutorials from hotel rooms, or even the Twitter live that I just did, because I believe that now is the time to open this opportunity back up. Therefore, I am offering online guitar and bass classes at a discounted rate. I will gladly go over area that you would like to develop, regardless of what level you are at. Whether it is for a single master class, a “bootcamp” style series of classes on modal improv, right hand technique or funk comping, or you would rather a steadier, longer run of classes: I am now taking applications, on a first-come first-serve basis.

If you are interested, DM me on social media. We will then work out scheduling (time zones etc), topics and tech Q’s. Yes, classes can be given in French and Spanish as well.

I hope that this will offer a bit of sunshine to some of you every week, for I believe in the amazing ability of learning music to do so.


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2019 bucket list items!

This was in Tahiti (click on post)! What a bucket list destination to perform in. What an amazing corner of the world. Later this year, playing in Tokyo for the first time was also a dream come true. More pictures available on www.instagram.com/johannfrank.

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2018 was Johann’s biggest touring year yet

Both Engelbert Humperdinck and East of Eli kept Johann on the go throughout the year, performing in amazing places such as Prague, the Caribbean, Vienna, Athens, and Hawaii, where “Engelbert Live in Hawaii” was shot for PBS. The studio work was also fruitful, notably tracking guitars for Engelbert’s “Angel On My Shoulder”, set to become the name of his 2019 tour.


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2017 shaping up busy!

It’s been an eventful past 24 hours:)

East of Eli released its first single off the sophomore EP, ‘Nowhere’, featuring Chyler Leigh, thru People Mag. Gueetars by yours truly. SoundCloud clocks in 15,5K listens in less than a day 🙌🏼
Supergirl’s Chyler Leigh Makes Her Singing Debut on Husband Nathan West’s New Single ‘Nowhere’

We are scheduled for a release party on March 18th at the Troubadour, West Hollywood. Tickets available soon.

And in a different style, our acoustic trio rendition of You’re my World with Engelbert recorded 7K views in 24h on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Scp80sh0lCo

We’re hitting the road on the west coast next week with shows in Riverside CA, San Diego, Wendover NV and Las Vegas.

Here’s to flooding the world with good sounds 🎸💥🎸

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Packed Summer 2016!

Oud pic

2016 started strong, folks! 7 US runs already, 2 Canada runs, 2 international runs (Egypt, Austria). I just got back from Switzerland yesterday and starting on Thursday, I head to Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Singapore). Then Hawaii is on the books, 2 shows on the East Coast, and New Zealand by the end of August… Then at least 3 more US runs by November are already announced! I also have a few very exciting shows in LA with both old and new faces, as well as some solid studio work where I hope to put my mando, oud, bass and other ukuleles to good use.

I wanna thank Godlyke and Carr for recently sending me amazing gear, which I’m still wrapping my head (and fingers) around. Also thanking LsL for my trusty T-Bone who never lets me down, and all my other endorsers who you’ll find on my About page, whose gear makes my job that much better.

Don’t forget to follow me on www.instagram.com/johannfrank, as well as on www.twitter.com/johannfrank for timely updates!

Peace -Johann

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