Jefferson Airplane took flight with its trademark brand of psychedelic folk-rock on the band’s 1967 debut, Surrealistic Pillow. For many an acoustic guitarist, the album’s highlight is the lush instrumental “Embryonic Journey,” which one of the group’s founding members, Jorma Kaukonen, originally wrote for a guitar workshop.

The composition, in drop-D tuning with a relentless alternating bass line, has become a staple of the fingerstyle guitar literature. But it’s often misplayed. Learn “Embryonic Journey” properly with this exclusive private lesson, in which Kaukonen gives you the thinking behind the piece, the fingerings, the ornaments, and more.


Watch Kaukonen’s Acoustic Guitar Session here.