Embryonic Journey Guitar Lesson

Embryonic Journey by Jefferson Airplane Guitar Lesson and TABS

In this lesson we're going to be learning how to play Embryonic Journey, written by Jorma Kaukonen for the band Jefferson Airplane.

This short guitar instrumental packs a strong punch and isn't particularly easy to play; having said that, it is great fun once you've got it down. There's a lot going on throughout so really take your time as you learn the piece. 

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Embryonic Journey!

Song Details:

  • Tuning - drop D (D A D G B E)
  • Key - D major
  • Difficulty - advanced

Embryonic Journey (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Embryonic Journey, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.   

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Embryonic Journey Guitar Lesson (Part 1)

OK, let's jump into the first section of the song. One of the trickiest things to learn here is getting the timing and all the hammer ons right. I'd recommend Listening to the song over and over again to make sure you're playing it all correctly. Really take your time and make sure all the notes are lined up correctly. 

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Part 2

Hopefully you're now ok with the first section, let's now jump into the second.

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Part 3

This section is really tricky but great fun to play once mastered!

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Part 4

There's just the outro to learn now.

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Charlie left a comment on 17th June 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Hey Chris!

    I’ve only just managed to get the Part 3 and out to parts down and would like to say thank you for the lessons on this great fingerpicking piece!

    The rest I managed to get down a while ago!


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 17th June 2019 at 6:27 pm

      It’s a pleasure Charlie. Out of all the songs on the list this was probably the hardest to transcribe.

      • Charlie left a comment on 17th June 2019 at 9:42 pm

        Certainly a lot of fun to play!

  2. Neil left a comment on 17th October 2020 at 10:28 am

    What happened to the tab for embryonic journey was just learning and it has disappeared

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 20th October 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Had to take it down due to copyright laws, it’ll be back in the coming weeks.

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