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    Keep Learning: John Mayer Player study

    Many thanks for watching this video and visiting the website. If you love John Mayer and really want to work on getting his sound, including how to play in his acoustic style, his electric style and his bluesy style, you’re in luck! We have a full player study that is, as with all our course, 100% free and ready for you to use, including interactive tab! See the course here: How To Play Like John Mayer.

The Chords

We start by taking a look at the chord shapes we are using in this track. The same 4 chords loop all the way through the part. We have also shown how to play these same chords with a capo, if you would rather just focus on the slap technique and not worry about new chord shapes!

Or, with Capo...

The Slap

When it comes to the slap technique, the main principle is to replicate the drum snare. This means that you need to 'slap' the guitar on the 2nd and 4th beat of each bar. To slap, you simply throw your hand against the strings, as shown in the video. It'll take some time to get this correct, so use the video to break down the idea and gradually bring up the speed.

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John Mayer, Acoustic, Percussion, Techniques

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