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!
- 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.
Want to learn some fun fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
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