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Guitar licks&tricks: #3 John Mayer style rhythm guitar fills

Welcome to the third episode of “Guitar licks&tricks”.John Mayer rhythm guitar fills

Today we are going to learn rhythm guitar fills in the style of John Mayer. His playing has been a huge influence on my own rhythm playing and I love the way he incorporates hammer-ons and pull offs into his chords.  The following example comes from his famous song Waiting on the world to change. Hope you like it.

Guitar licks&tricks: #3 John Mayer style rhythm guitar fills

Key: D

The thought behind:
Adding fills to chords to spice up your rhythm playing.  SRV, Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer are particularly famous for this kind of rhythm guitar. The chord progression is quite simple D – Bm – G – D – A – Bm – G – D and yet when you add all those embellishments it sounds fantastic.

Why should you learn it?
If you are tired of playing just the basic chords, you need to learn how to embellish them with hammer-ons, pull offs and slides. Also great for learning to play bottom  E string with your thumb. Playing in this style will teach you to play chords in different positions all over the fretboard. Continue Reading →

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Guitar licks&tricks: #2 Tommy Emmanuel style open string lick

Welcome to the second episode of “Guitar licks&tricks”.Tommy Emmanuel

This time we are going to learn fast open string lick in the style of  Tommy Emmanuel, one of my favorite players.  Tommy uses this kind of licks all over the place and I really like the way they sound. This one comes from intro of his song Train to Düsseldorf.  Hope you like it!

Guitar licks&tricks: #1 Tommy Emmanuel style open string lick

Key (of the song): Bm

The thought behind:
Utilizing open strings with arpeggios to create a cascading sound. There are many ways how to use this concepts in your playing.  Incorporating open strings into your arpeggios may create many interesting sounds so be creative.

Why should you learn it?
If you are into acoustic guitar playing this kind of lick can serve as a great intro part. By utilizing open strings you can play it in rapid speed. It is also a great exercise to gain strength into your fingers. In the tablature you can see “P” or “M” right above some notes. “P” means that I play that note with a  pick, “M” means that I play it with middle finger of my right hand. Continue Reading →

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