“The fun part is singing over it”: how John Mayer turned a DIY practice routine into “probably the most emo song” he has

John Mayer performs onstage
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Sometimes, inspiration can be found in the most unlikely and unspectacular places. For guitar players specifically, that means the seeds of a new song or solo can be unearthed from something as simple as an impromptu noodle. 

Practice routines, for example, are some of the most fruitful avenues into songwriting. After all, you never know when a random string of notes purposely aligned to test and train your own personal playing skills might turn into something extraordinary.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.