Guitar Techniques



John Mayer performs much of his electric guitar work fingerstyl­e and this direct contact with the strings provides timing, timbral and dynamic nuance. He also ‘hides’ a plectrum between the first and second finger of his picking hand, which he retrieves to perform funky strumming and more standard blues soloing. He can switch between these techniques remarkably fluently and even exchanges phrases using the two techniques. Mayer also uses the Hendrixins­pired fretting-hand thumb to play notes on the sixth string which aids muting and chord embellishm­ent. These all provide an intimate control, complexity and nuance of timbre and tone, a goal mirrored in his enviable roster of instrument­s, amps and effects.

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