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3 Ways to Play Like John Mayer

John Mayer

John Mayer's guitar style is a captivating blend of technical prowess, emotive storytelling, and a deep reverence for the blues. In this video, Gabriel Bergman breaks down three key aspects of Mayer's style that you can get under your hands today!


Mayer has established himself as one of the most skilled and versatile guitarists of his generation. What sets him apart is not only his technical prowess but also his ability to seamlessly blend various genres and techniques into a signature style that is uniquely his own. Mayer's virtuosity on the guitar is particularly evident in his blues-inspired playing. He pays homage to blues legends like B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan through his expressive use of bends, slides, and vibrato.

John Mayer's guitar style is a mesmerizing fusion of technical brilliance, emotional depth, and genre-spanning versatility. His ability to tell stories through his guitar and connect with listeners on a profound level makes him a true guitar icon of our time. Whether he's performing blistering solos or crafting soulful ballads, Mayer's guitar work continues to captivate and inspire guitarists and music enthusiasts worldwide.

John Mayer Pt. 2—A Song Too Perfect to Record?

Cory Wong

Cory and John Mayer sit down with their guitars to jam and discuss how they approach playing, songwriting, record-making, and the music business.


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