John Mayer is one of the most lyrical soloists playing today – learn his tricks to crafting memorable leads

John Mayer
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John Mayer may be popular in the broader market for his more pop-orientated output, but nevertheless his blues roots shine through all his work. Mayer is an extremely accomplished blues player who has done his homework when it comes to the history of the genre.

Hi style is lyrical and free flowing and he is a master at creating a memorable and concise guitar solo. While there are elements that might be traced back to greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Robben Ford and Eric Clapton, Mayer has forged a highly personal sound to back his influences up.

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