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Who Says was written by American artist John Mayer and the song was released as a single on his 2009 album Battle Studies.
In this lesson we’re going to be learning how to play Who Says in full on the guitar. If you’ve previously learnt other songs by Mayer, such as Stop This Train or Dear Marie, then you’ve got a head start with this one as it’s very similar in playing style.
Mayer uses the technique of striking a percussive tap with the thumb on the lower strings whilst simultaneously playing a note with the back of the fingernail on the first finger on the higher strings. Clearly this is a technique he likes a lot as he’s used it in so many of his songs. If you’ve not learnt this technique before it can take a lot of work to get it comfortable in your playing. Having said that, it’s well worth it as it’s a great and a very useful technique.
Alright then, let’s start learning how to play Who Says!