John Mayer Style Lesson

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hi GMC, and welcome to my new in the style lesson. This time we are doing the style of John Mayer on a request from a couple of GMC members.

    John Mayer made himself famous by making nice an tender acoustic songs, and also by his blues influenced electric guitar playings with a sense for phrasing. His tone resembles to SRV, Hendrix, and older blues players, and he is know for using incorporating blues influences into mainstream music of today.

    So in order to cover John Mayer we will use single coil pickups because he uses a strat, and tweed style Fender combo amp along side with tube screamer that serves as a boost. You can experiment a bit with your emulations or even real stuff if you own the gear, and we can start rocking.

    First part of the lesson is about finger picking that Mayer uses, and it is useful for acoustic work as well. The second part is a small electric solo, incorporating Mayer style phrasing and licks.

    Key: E major
    Tempo: 100bpm

    Lesson contains:

    - John Mayer style playing and arrangements
    - finger picking
    - blues licks
    - Mayer-style electric solo

    Have fun.

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