Why Georgia Guitar Lesson and Tab

How to Play Why Georgia by John Mayer (Guitar Lesson)

Why Georgia was recorded in 2001 by guitarist and songwriter John Mayer and the song appears on his album 'Room for Squares'. In this lesson we're going to be learning how to play this fine song from start to finish.

Mayer is known for his clever songwriting and highly technical guitar techniques. There's no doubt that his songs require some dedicated practice to get to the point of mastering them. He regularly adds percussive taps to his acoustic playing and all sorts of other tricky nuances.

If you've not learnt anything by John Mayer before then Why Georgia is a good place to start as, whilst it's no walk in the park, it's not highly advanced like some of his other songs - Neon, for example.

Alright, let's start learning how to play Why Georgia!

Song Details:

  • Key - G major 
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 97 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate 

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Why Georgia Guitar Lesson

In this first lesson we learn the main riff of Why Georgia. Really take your time with this part as so many people play it slightly wrong. Work hard on getting everything down just right and don't speed up until you're sure you're doing it correctly. We'll also cover some of the chords for the pre-chorus in this lesson too.

The 2nd Verse of Why Georgia 

For the second verse of Why Georgia you can play exactly the same as the first and it would sound just fine. However, in this lesson I show you how you can mix it up a little should you want to.

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The Bridge Lesson

There's just the bridge to learn now and if you're now OK with the rest of the song then this section shouldn't be too much of a struggle for you. 

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Mike Rider left a comment on 2nd November 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Just found your website and subscribed. Worked on Why Georgia Why all morning. Excellent tutorial. Thank you for providing the tabs–makes a big difference for me.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 2nd November 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks for subscribing! Really glad you liked the lesson, it’s not an easy song to learn to play!

      • Mike Rider left a comment on 6th November 2018 at 4:28 pm

        Great website and tutorials. Have you thought about offering the tabs as a Guitar Pro format download since you have already done all that tab work? Wow that would awesome.

        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 6th November 2018 at 4:48 pm

          Glad you like the site. Do you mean so that you could play and listen to them?

  2. Mike Rider left a comment on 6th November 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Yes, I am new to music theory and I find GP really helps me understand the way the song and notes work. Also very easy to see, play repeating loops for learning, getting timing down, etc. I am still pretty low on the learning curve and the GP files really help. I have transcribed a lot of songs that I am learning myself just to facilitate the learning. Thanks.

    I have seen other websites, for example, that offer all the tutorials tab downloads in GP format for a membership add-on fee–the combo of your demonstration/tutorial and GP download would be super comprehensive.

    I appreciate all the hard work your lessons require. I plan on trying all 60…

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 6th November 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Yeah, you really have a good point there. I’ll definitely look into that and strongly consider your suggestion. Thanks a lot!

    • George left a comment on 10th January 2021 at 10:41 pm

      Do you have a whole song playthrough

      • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 17th January 2021 at 7:33 pm

        I’m afraid I don’t for this one.

  3. Tan left a comment on 20th July 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I can totally subscribe to what Mike Rider said. Having the gp files would greatly help the learning process!
    Great job with the tutorial!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th July 2019 at 10:28 am

      Hey Tan, I’m working on it trust me. Sadly it’s not that straight forward with copyright.

  4. Willis Christian Macaraig left a comment on 10th May 2020 at 6:05 am

    Why Georgia is one of my favorite songs i have heard in my life. Here is what i will say to Chris Mu r r in “Thank You for teaching me how to play Why Georgia on guitar”.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th May 2020 at 9:24 am

      You’re very welcome.

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