Neon Guitar Lesson

Neon by John Mayer (Live Version) Full Guitar Lesson with TABS

  • 15th November 2018
  • Songs
  • 2 Comments

Neon was written in the mid to late '90s and first appeared on John Mayer's 1999 EP 'Inside Wants Out'. However, the song first became well-known on his hugely successful album 'Room for Squares' (2001). 

In this lesson we're going to be looking at the live version of the Neon, taken from his 2007 live album 'Where The Light Is'. 

Neon is no. 49 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

This is not a song for beginners by any means - there's a huge amount to learn and so many techniques you need to know. So buckle up and prepare yourself for a little frustration as you learn to master this brilliant, but very complicated song.

Neon Song Details: 

  • Key - C minor
  • Tempo - roughly 106 bpm
  • Tuning - drop C (C, A, D, G, B, E)
  • Difficulty - advanced

The Intro:

Let's start off with the jaw dropping intro John Mayer does on the live recording of Neon. If you're up for a guitar challenge then this is it, it really is very hard and will require a lot of practise and technical ability. So much great stuff to learn in here that you can rob and put it your own playing.

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Neon Intro Tab

 

Intro (part 2):

It doesn't get much easier here I'm afraid.

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Neon Intro Part 2

 

The Riff:

The majority of the song is played between the thumb and first finger, so make sure you pay close attention to the fingerings written above each note. You will likely find this a very bizarre technique if you've not done it before.

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Neon Riff Guitar Tab

Pre-Chorus 

Don't feel as though you have to play this note-for-note, as I'm sure John Mayer mixes things up every time he plays Neon. 

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Neon (Pre-Chorus) Guitar Tab

Chorus:

Some pretty awkward chords for the chorus here. Find which fingerings work best for you and watch your timing as you work your way through the progression. 

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Neon Chorus (Guitar Tab)

Bridge:

Finally we have the bridge to look at. Watch out for the crazy triplet runs at the end!

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Neon Bridge Guitar Tab


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If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  1. Charlie left a comment on 15th November 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Hey dude!

    Thank you so much for this lesson and especially for the intro & bridge parts from the live version. Your lessons are the best out of the lessons I’ve seen so far for this song. I’ve managed to get the main riff, pre-chorus and chorus down ages ago allready and hats off to you for making the lessons on the most difficult parts.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 15th November 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Hey thanks Charlie, really happy that you like the lesson. I’m glad I put the extra effort in to do the intro/bridge, was bloody hard! Enjoy.

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