[Free tabs] Play 2 riffs in the style of John Mayer


In this lesson, Dan from Your Guitar Academy will take you through an in-depth introduction to John Mayer’s style of playing. John is a master of combining chords and scales to create beautiful melodies and rich guitar tones.

Riff N°1 from John Mayer

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This video lesson, as shown below, really focuses on the CAGED chord with pentatonic combination, and how to use it in your playing. 

The Theory

In this video, we are predominantly using the C# minor pentatonic shapes 1 and 2 to create these licks. However, rather than using them in a very lead-based way (as we typically would), we try to use multiple notes at the same time to create a more chordal approach. This approach helps to define John’s unique style. 

C#m pentatonic shape 1

C#m pentatonic shape 2

The Groove & Chords

Here are the 4 chords used in this study. As you can see the A and E chords are inversed. You can use the basic version of these chords but we recommend you to use these unusual shapes.

If you love this video and want to learn more about John Mayer’s style, please check out this free and complete John Mayer Course.

Encompassing acoustic grooves evocative of “Room For Squares”, the excellent blues of “Trio” and the commanding lead playing of “Continuum”, our John Mayer player study is a challenging course that will push any advanced player to new heights.

Riff N°2 from John Mayer

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In this video, we are taking a look at John’s more bluesy, SRV influenced, guitar playing. We use a combination of the dominant 7th chord with minor pentatonic notes, plus more of the CAGED chord with licks concept.

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Dan, managing director at YGA
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Colin Mills - 2019-09-30

Fantastic stuff

AntKin2016 - 2019-09-30

Nice one

RICHARD - 2019-09-30

great stuff letts have some more

Richard - 2019-09-30


Chris - 2019-09-29

clear and fun! many thanks!

Andrew Sutherland - 2019-09-29

interested to know what you have in store for me.

Thomas Duflos - 2019-10-01

Hi Andrew, what do you mean? Are you talking about tablatures?

Andrew Sutherland - 2019-09-29

my security is paramount

Peter Russell - 2019-09-29

Very useful material.

I see both shapes are labelled as ‘Shape 1’ is this an error?


Thomas Duflos - 2019-10-01

Hi Peter, thanks a lot, I have corrected it!

Rick Washbrook - 2019-09-29

September 28th, 2019

Can I use guitar pro to learn classical gutiar pieces? How does it work do you play the song from the CD or the MP3 into it and then it figures it out?

Please explain.

How much is it. It sounds very versatile

Rick Washbrook

Thomas Duflos - 2019-10-01

Hi Rick, yes you can use Guitar Pro 7.5 to play and learn scores in any style you want. With Guitar Pro 7.5 you can play and edit scores. There are many Guitar Pro files available on the internet for free.
No, this feature is not available for the moment.
Here is a link to our free demo, you can try Guitar Pro for free for one month: https://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=download.

Charles KIncade - 2019-09-28

Thanks for the lessons.

Robert - 2019-09-28

Very Good Thank you

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