John Mayer Acoustic Techniques (Guitar Lesson)


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Rich Nibbe

John Mayer Acoustic Techniques

Rich Nibbe explores the acoustic guitar's role in John Mayer's playing. Learn about alternate tunings, open strings, moving chord shapes and more.

Taught by Rich Nibbe in Style of John Mayer seriesLength: 17:12Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on January 25th, 2015

Such an amazing lesson. This is exactly what I am looking for!! I would love an "in the style of Ryan Adams" done by Rich. Can anyone direct me to more acoustic guitar lessons in this kinda style on jamplay? I am looking for acoustic pop/rock that goes beyond strumming chords - exactly like this lesson.

KorrunKorrun replied on June 9th, 2014

The tab for scene 3 is wrong. Should be an F# over the C chord. Beautiful guitar parts. Thanks!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 10th, 2014

Thanks! I'll look into getting this fixed.

jpbluestringjpbluestring replied on June 8th, 2013

Great lesson Rich - Clear instructions and very nice playing. Thanks

iammusicmaniammusicman replied on June 6th, 2013

can definitely hear neon in this :D

Style of John Mayer

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Explore the unique style and techniques of John Mayer.



Lesson 1

Introduction to John Mayer

Rich Nibbe and JamPlay are proud to present another "In the style of" series, this time featuring the one and only John Mayer. This introductory lesson dives right in, taking a look at soloing ideas, percussive...

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Pentatonic Scale

Rich Nibbe takes a look at how you can apply the pentatonic scale in the style of John Mayer into your playing.

Length: 15:13 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 3

Sixth Intervals

Rich Nibbe demonstrates how John Mayer adds interest to his playing by adding sixth intervals.

Length: 8:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

John Mayer Acoustic Techniques

Rich Nibbe explores the acoustic guitar's role in John Mayer's playing. Learn about alternate tunings, open strings, moving chord shapes and more.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Licks and Influences

Rich Nibbe takes a took at a variety of licks in the style of John Mayer and the artists he was likely inspired by.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

John Mayer Inspired Track Part 1

Rich Nibbe plays a super catchy John Mayer inspired track. Then, he dissects each section in the following two lessons. In part one, you will learn the intro, verse, and chorus.

Length: 15:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

John Mayer Inspired Track Part 2

In part two, Rich Nibbe takes a close look at the leads on the John Mayer inspired track you heard in part one.

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Rich Nibbe View Full Biography Rich grew up in Southern California and lived life on the beach for most of his life. Wanting to do something fun for a living he pursued guitar as a career. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Rich spent time teaching and understanding how to have a voice through the instrument. Gradually work and travel started to pick up which lead to a decade and a half on the road and in the studio. He has had the privilege of working with artists like Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss and Tommy Walker.

Rich grew up in Southern California and lived life on the beach for most of his life. Wanting to do something fun for a living he pursued guitar as a career. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Rich spent time teaching and understanding how to have a voice through the instrument. Gradually work and travel started to pick up which lead to a decade and a half on the road and in the studio. He has had the privilege of working with artists like Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss and Tommy Walker.

Rich has also done sessions and led clinics all over world, including session work in South Korea.

Rich currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and two boys.

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