Neon - John Mayer - Lesson/Vídeo-Aula

Uploaded by LucasMalafaiaMusic on 08.08.2010

Subtitled by Paula Coelho e Larissa Netto
Hi, everyone! Are you ok?
I know that there are lots of people looking for videos that teach how to play this song.
However, most of them are in English and not everybody can understand the technical words or expressions.
Because of it, I decided to make this video in which I’m going to explain it easily
but it will sound good anyway. Now, let’s go?
First of all, it’s pretty important to tune the sixth string, E, in the key of C.
Before starting to play it, you must understand that the rhythm John Mayer plays is very simple.
The only thing that can make it hard is the way he plays it,
with only the grooming (index finger) and the thumb.
To achieve this, you should begin playing slowly and then you start to make it faster.
To show you how simple this rhythm is, I’m going to do it with all my fingers.
It’s also important to say that it’s essential to practice this rhythm until you are able to play it fluently.
In a few minutes you’ll see the chords of the song that in general are only two.
The only thing that will change is the position in the fretboard.
To start with, you’ll have to put your grooming in the eighth fret of the second string
and the ring finger in the tenth fret of the third string, as you can see.
After that, you’re going to repeat the same rhythm you had practised before, but pressing these two frets.
After practising enough this part, everything is ready for you to get the shapes of the chords,
which are almost the whole song.
The first chord is very easy, you should start putting your grooming in the third fret of the sixth string
and the middle finger also in the third fret, but of the fourth string.
The ring finger is supposed to be right under the middle finger, also in third fret, but of the third string.
The baby finger you’ll put in the fourth fret of the second string. This is the done chord, as you can see here.
One more thing: when practising this chord, you aren’t going to play all the rhythm,
but until you muffle with your hand. It’s going to be like that:
So, reviewing, it’s like this until now:
Here comes a transcription, and if you make it in the right way, it will help you with the next chord.
You may notice that I don’t play like John Mayer, who uses the thumb to play the bass notes.
It happens because my thumb is short, it doesn’t work when I try. :(
But if you are able to play like this, it’s better for you, I guess.
Then, the transcription is like this:
It’s important for you to play with your fingers exactly this way,
because they’ll help you with the next chord.
Again, it’s like this, until now:
The next shape you are going to do is a little bit harder for some people, because of the distance among the fingers.
But do this: play one more time this transcription
and keep the last two frets pressed.
It may be the ring finger in the fifth fret of the sixth string
and the baby finger in the sixth fret of the fourth string.
To finish the chord, you put the groomig in the third fret of the third string
and the middle finger in the fourth fret of the second string.
Then, do it slowly: ring finger, baby finger, index finger and middle finger.
Now, joining the transcription with this shape:
So, until now, connecting everything I’ve shown, it will be like this:
Only two chords are missing to finish the first part.
Do you remember the first shape I’ve shown?
So, the song is basically two shapes.
Get this shape and turn it into the eighth fret.
This is the done chord.
And the second shape? Do you remember?
It has only one difference: first of all, you change your grooming, that was before in the third fret, to the seventh fret.
However the ring finger has to be one fret above. This way:
Now, joining both chords:
That’s the basic.
Now, you only need to repeat it till the pre-chorus and in the chorus,
which are far simpler than this introduction.
So, everything I taught you so far is this:
Well guys, that’s it!
I really hope you have enjoyed and have been able to play the song.
All the comments, suggestions and criticism are welcome.
That’s all folks! See you!