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love the guy, only just started listening to his stuff of late, kinda slides between blues and pop...but its a nice mix. perfect example of passionate blues playing and singing...great that we still have guys like john about in a RnB, Rap, Indie musically oriented world.
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i really like him. i wouldnt really class him as blues as much as acoustic rock.

his songs are very well put together and in my opinion he is one of the best songwriters around at the molment.
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You can tell he was heavily influenced by SRV on that song. There are a couple of licks in there that were in alot of Stevies songs in the 80's.

Very good video.
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great blues player, writes some pretty jazzy pop songs, very talented musician
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When he plays pure blues I think he's amazing. But those f*cking cheesy ballad songs just keep coming. He'll never be a true bluesman, since he's obviously still milking the pop crap so little girls come to his concert and cry. What a waste of a genuinely talent player.
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I like his music, very talented, makes good music, very 'feel good' kinda music.

I suggest some of you try some of Jason Mraz as well.. very nice
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2nd favorite Mayer song of all time. 2nd only to Out of My Mind.

EDIT: I like this version better, it has a nice slide solo.

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john is a good guitarist but he doesn´t have a unique style.
his blues covers are alright but to me it is all bit too polished and his mainstream ballad stuff like daughters or your body is a wonderland(oh come on a ****in wonderland-it´s rather baby do you wanna ball....)is not my cup of tea.
but he´s def. better than almost 99 % of the other mainstream oriented guys who call themselves a rockband like Nickelback or wahtever.


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i have one word to say...amazing. John Mayer is an amazing musician, and he knows how to play the blues. His songs are full of passion, not only does he play them he feels the blues. Have you heard Stop This Train and Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, as well? and to 2nd robertreilly he is a very very good songwriter. a great of our time
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Yes. There is no denying that he is very SRV influenced. Did anyone besides me catch on to how it sounded slightly like Texas Flood? All in all, he's a ****ing awesome guy. In fact, I just bought Continum and that link was the first song i've heard.

This is a great start. Love him.
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Can't help but think he sounds cliché without a voice of his own.
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i'm sorry, i just can't get into him. he should be playing music that he loves, not playing music that will make him look hip or make him lots of money. when you hear the old bluesmen sing, you can feel their soul, something that i'm pretty sure john mayer does not have.
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^and how do you guys know he doesnt like his other music?!?! i happen to like ALL of his music. is it that impossible for him to enjoy that music as well?
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^and how do you guys know he doesnt like his other music?!?! i happen to like ALL of his music. is it that impossible for him to enjoy that music as well?

Ok i agree with you comepletely
i have been listening to him for like 2 or three years and love his blues side
but i kno whe likes to play other music like mainstream to get money so he can do his best stuff :BLUES!
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that song reminded me of life without you by srv for some reason
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I think he's great. But he's not a blues guy as much as he wants to be. Not yet anyway. Not until he drops the pop forever, but he never will because that what makes him the money. His pop songs are what the teenagers that love him go for. Although in the long run I think he's gonna lay a huge part in bringing back jazz and blues.
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I like all of his stuff, save maybe 20% of "Heavier Things". I dig blues because it hits you at a really basic level, and most people can relate to it. I like pop music because there's something to be admired about being able to write something catchy, something that will stay with you all day.

I think I might feel like I owe him one for opening up the door to Buddy Guy for me. I probably would have gotten to him eventually, but I didn't mind cathing the express train.
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I think he's great. But he's not a blues guy as much as he wants to be. Not yet anyway. Not until he drops the pop forever, but he never will because that what makes him the money. His pop songs are what the teenagers that love him go for. Although in the long run I think he's gonna lay a huge part in bringing back jazz and blues.


What jazz has he done? Mind linking me to it?
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he can play good guitar, and it's all the small things that make him different.

Musical choices not musical abilties.

And why does he need to play oldskool blues. I mean you grow older the world evolves, style changes.

He's likes to play guitar, and he has some nice things.

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i believe the jazz he might be reffering to is jazz-influenced songs such as 'Neon' but theyre not jazz in its entirety. i picked up 'the village sessions' and i highly reccommend it. it includes:

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Yes, Neon is quite the stuff. Even SRV played a little Jazz Res, if you're interested - Stangs Swang (from Couldn't Stand the Weather) and Gone Home (from Soul to Soul).
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Meh... his blues lacks soul, originality, and IMO, is just crap.... he should stop trying to make guitar faces to portray emotion, and actually use some emotion.

Atleast SRV (who I don't really care for as well) learned from his forefathers, and made it his own, and was full of emotion. This guy is just straight out copying them in his blues stuff. He's a talented guitarist, and most of his originality is in he's pop music.... he should stick with pop, blues is just something he can't achieve without sounding fake.

EDIT: and the solo to waiting on the world to change, is a direct copy from an SRV song I can't remember... if I can find it I'll post which it was.
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Much like what most of the people here have said, I don't like his pop stuff, but his blues songs are really good.
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Meh... his blues lacks soul, originality, and IMO, is just crap.... he should stop trying to make guitar faces to portray emotion, and actually use some emotion.

Atleast SRV (who I don't really care for as well) learned from his forefathers, and made it his own, and was full of emotion. This guy is just straight out copying them in his blues stuff. He's a talented guitarist, and most of his originality is in he's pop music.... he should stick with pop, blues is just something he can't achieve without sounding fake.

EDIT: and the solo to waiting on the world to change, is a direct copy from an SRV song I can't remember... if I can find it I'll post which it was.


I'm listening to Continuum for the first time and I agree with you in some respects. It's hard to draw the line between being influenced by and completely ripping off someone. I've just listened to the song, Bold as Love and I just noticed how much it sounded like Stevie Ray's, Life without You. The solo is almost identical. He is a talented guitarist but I still think he's not as original as people think he is.
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I'm listening to Continuum for the first time and I agree with you in some respects. It's hard to draw the line between being influenced by and completely ripping off someone. I've just listened to the song, Bold as Love and I just noticed how much it sounded like Stevie Ray's, Life without You. The solo is almost identical. He is a talented guitarist but I still think he's not as original as people think he is.

Bold as Love is a Hendrix cover, and SRV is known to make most of his softer songs alot Hendrixy like Little wing.

And "Waiting on the World to Change" has some "Lenny" Lines in it.
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Bold as Love is a Hendrix cover, and SRV is known to make most of his softer songs alot Hendrixy like Little wing.

And "Waiting on the World to Change" has some "Lenny" Lines in it.


Thanks for clearing that up, I didn't know that until you pointed it out. Although SRV is known to be influenced by Hendrix, I don't think it's disputed that he does not directly rip him off.
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I actually like some of his poppier stuff, but waiting on the world to change is a great song in my opinion. Plus its gettin more kids with bad music taste into better styles of music
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I actually like some of his poppier stuff, but waiting on the world to change is a great song in my opinion. Plus its gettin more kids with bad music taste into better styles of music


So do I. A lot of people hate pop music only because they're exposed to everyday garbage like Britney Spears. As I've grown up, I've realised that the word "pop" can mean so much more. Similarly, a lot of people don't realise the scope of pop - a lot of bands like Pearl Jam play simple pop songs.
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^ so true.

POP means popular. Just cuz u have a catchy simple melody and lyrics does that mean its bad music? no, just means it's good simplistic music.
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^ so true.

POP means popular. Just cuz u have a catchy simple melody and lyrics does that mean its bad music? no, just means it's good simplistic music.


Just because it's pop doesn't mean it's simplistic either, amigo.
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ikno, but alot of poppy stuff uses simpler music to it.
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ikno, but alot of poppy stuff uses simpler music to it.


But if you say that, then you're restricting pop to that kind of pop, if that makes sense. Pearl Jam's, "In Hiding" is a simple pop tune but it's pretty difficult to play - the timings are hard to get right, as the band have always said. Pop doesn't mean simple, that's the bottom line. John Mayer's pop stuff is difficult to play, more evidence.
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ikno, but alot of poppy stuff uses simpler music to it.


Most pop music is actually pretty complex, but all the playing is done by studio musicians who never get any credit so we don't ever think about it.
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Yes, Neon is quite the stuff. Even SRV played a little Jazz Res, if you're interested - Stangs Swang (from Couldn't Stand the Weather) and Gone Home (from Soul to Soul).


Riveria Paradise has alot of Jazzy licks and style to it. Especially the beginning. Later after the piano solo he gets more bluesy though.
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You can tell he was heavily influenced by SRV on that song. There are a couple of licks in there that were in alot of Stevies songs in the 80's.

Very good video.


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His voice doesn't add any credibility to him as a blues artist. His guitar chops are there, but there's just something about him that I don't really like. Can't put my finger on it.
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His voice doesn't add any credibility to him as a blues artist. His guitar chops are there, but there's just something about him that I don't really like. Can't put my finger on it.



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you speak of him stealing licks, but SRV---->Hendrix. or every other guitarist----->SRV


Truthfully SRV sounds nothing like Hendrix to me, unless hes doing a Hendrix cover. SRV's solo style specifically is totally different.
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