Embryonic Journey Guitar Tab

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. 

Embryonic Journey is no. 59 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

Embryonic Journey Guitar Lesson

Song Details:

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


First off, here's a run through of the whole song.

Part 1:

One of the trickiest things is getting the timing and all the hammering right. Listen to the song over and over again to make sure you're doing it correctly.

Learn more about the techniques used in this song.

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Part 2:

Part 3:


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If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  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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