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Dear Marie was written by American singer-songwriter John Mayer and the song appears on his 2013 album Paradise Valley. In this lesson we’re going to be learning how to play it on guitar in full.
If you’ve previously learnt other songs of Mayer’s such as Stop This Train or Who Says, then you’ll be familiar with the tricky technique of playing a note with the back of the nail whilst simultaneously adding a percussive tap with the thumb. This difficult but great technique is also used throughout Dear Marie.
Having said that, this song is actually one of John Mayer’s easier songs to play (providing you’ve mastered the picking technique). There’s only four very simple chords used in the entire song and it follows a very straightforward progression. This can be a welcome change if you’ve been struggling with some of his earlier, really quite advanced pieces.
Let’s get on with learning how to play Dear Marie!