Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I never really got into John Mayer, but it seems like he has a guitarist following. If I want to check him out where should I start? One day my friend referred to him as "a frat boy who knows jazz chords". I thought that was funny.
I don't know if they have fraternities at the Berklee College of Music, but he certainly knows jazz chords and a whole lot more. The guy is a monster guitar player. Without a doubt one of best (if not the best) of his generation. Unfortunately he has more of a passion for creating pop music than guitar music, so his guitar chops are not widely appreciated.
Honestly, I was never really a fan of his pop music and he seemed to come off as quite a douche in the media earlier in his career. I was not a fan at all (but we all probably acted like idiots when we are in our 20's, you add fame and fortune on top of that, I would have been a train wreck. LOL)
A few years ago my dad, who is also an avid amateur musician and guitar player, insisted that I sit down with him and listen to the John Mayer Trio album "Try!". This is the same guy that introduced me to Zeppelin, Hendrix, Clapton, etc. etc. when I was a kid, so if he found this so impressive, I had to give it a shot. I was blown away. So definitely check out that one.
After that, get the Where the Light Is - Live blu ray and albums. That is an insane live show where he pretty much showcases all of his talents, and especially his guitar chops. He does an acoustic set, a trio set, and a pop set. As O notes above, John doesn't restrict Youtube footage of his stuff, so you can watch it all online. However, the blu ray is really well shot and mixed, and is a delight to watch. I fire it up in the theater and crank the sound a few times a year, it's almost like being there.
My favorite guitar focused tracks (and I cover all of these) from WTLI album are:
Everyday I Have The Blues
Wait Until Tomorrow
Who Did You Think I Was
Come When I Call
Out of My Mind
I Don't Need No Doctor
The Continuum album is actually a phenomenal pop effort as well, if you can get to the point of appreciating that.
Let me know what you think!