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John Mayer

  1. 1. Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, and Music Producer (1977-Present)
  2. 2. <ul><li>Born October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport Connecticut. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 4. Inspiration <ul><li>John has always had a deep love for music. </li></ul><ul><li>Stevie Ray Vaughan is John’s inspiration for pursuing the guitar and “the blues”. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 5. Berklee College of Music <ul><li>John moved to Boston at the age of 18 to attend Berklee College of Music. </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped out a year later and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Lofi Masters <ul><li>Formed a two man band called “Lofi Masters” while in Atlanta. </li></ul><ul><li>Played at small cafes and bars for little money. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Lofi Masters cont… <ul><li>Lofi Masters split six months later due to musical differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Producer, Glenn Matullo found John Mayer while playing in a bar in Atlanta. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Inspiring Others <ul><li>People who John has worked with and has been greatly inspired by include: </li></ul>
  8. 10. Writing & Producing <ul><li>John wrote and produced his first album, “Inside Wants Out”. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Aware Records <ul><li>In 2000, Aware Records signed John. </li></ul><ul><li>Produced John’s first multiplatinum album, “Room for Squares”. </li></ul>
  10. 12. The Grammy’s <ul><li>Awarded Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy’s for “Your Body is a Wonderland”. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Continuum <ul><li>The album, “Continuum” was produced by Steve Jordan </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular and selling album. </li></ul>
  12. 14. “ Waiting for the World to Change” <ul><li>00:00 Intro- The song starts with 8 counts played by the piano and guitar. It’s accompanied by clapping. John counts the song in, “1,2,3,1,2,3,4”. The song is in a 4/4 meter and is played in the major key. </li></ul><ul><li>:15 Verse 1- The melody is conjunct and the verse is only four lines. The clapping carries a steady beat . </li></ul><ul><li>:38 Chorus 1- Back up singers join in and sing, “keep on waiting”. This song is very repetitious but I thing that’s why it’s so popular and famous. It’s one of those songs that you hear the chorus and will always remember. The chorus is played in a higher key, adding height and range to the song. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Album of the Year <ul><li>2007 Grammy’s John won Album of the Year. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 16. Gravity <ul><li>Top 25 on the American Top 100 Billboard Charts. </li></ul><ul><li>Played on the popular television shows including: Numb3rs, House, CSI. </li></ul>
  15. 17. New Guitar God <ul><li>John Mayer was named the most influential song writer of his time. </li></ul><ul><li>Named “New Guitar God” by Rolling Stone. </li></ul><ul><li>Performed “Human Nature” at Michael Jackson’s funeral. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 18. Tattoos <ul><li>John is famous for the tattoos that he has up his arms. </li></ul>
  17. 19. Battle Studies Tour <ul><li>John is currently on the Battle Studies Tour. </li></ul>
  18. 20. “ Vultures” <ul><li>00:00 Intro- The song starts out with the electric guitar playing softly. The song is played in the major key . The electric guitar is accompanied only by a keyboard for the first 16 beats , which are repetitive . The introduction defiantly sets the tone and mood for the rest of the song. </li></ul><ul><li>:22 Verse 1- John Mayer starts singing, he has a tenor voice that has a very broad range . He is the only one who sings until the very end of the song. </li></ul><ul><li>:44 Chorus 1- This is where you really hear the range in John’s voice. He is singing the chorus at least tow octaves higher. The drums stop at this time which doesn’t allow for such a strong beat . The dynamics change most drastically here. The pitch goes higher and stays high until 1:11. </li></ul><ul><li>1:06 Chorus 1- This is still the chorus but the singing stops here and the electric guitar does a solo. The tempo picks up, building up to verse 2. The drums are introduced back in. </li></ul><ul><li>1:11 Verse 2- Drums provide a solid beat and the tempo slows down. </li></ul>
  19. 21. Bibliography <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>