introduction to Eric Haugen

Eric Haugen is an accomplished guitarist and guitar instructor specializing in composition, subtlety, and tone. His published lessons and tablature include traditional guitar heroes as well as the more obscure players that serve as his strongest influences. Eric offers in-person, one-on-one lessons five days a week at his studio in downtown Carrboro, as well as long-distance lessons via Google Hangouts. Additionally, his YouTube channel provides a wide array of lessons for free and is updated weekly.

There are many musicians to be admired. It’s easy to focus on guitarists. The most influential would be not only the great virtuosos of the instrument, but subtle and thoughtful craftsmen who are often overlooked. Jimi Hendrix is an iconic god of the modern electric guitar, and all those who play the instrument today are in some way disciples of his, whether intentionally or not. But there are others, like Joey Santiago of The Pixies, who are not howling guitar heroes but rather deft and creative composers, working inside the song, contributing beautiful counter melodies and rhythms that raise the artistry of the piece. That’s what I try to emulate in my own work, and that’s what I teach my students.

When he's not playing or teaching, you can find Eric and his wife, Jody Cedzidlo, working on her clothing line, Flytrap Clothing. On their days off, they're tackling garden projects and roaming around in the woods.

Creativity above all. Expression above virtuosity. Restraint when necessary. Fearlessness occasionally.