johnMayer

How to play
"Heart Of Life"
on guitar

Get Tuned:

-1/2 step (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)

The section markers in the video correlate to the section markers in the tab below to get you learning the song as quickly as possible.

A few things to note before you get started: I thought about keeping my video in E Standard tuning so you could avoid tuning down, but then I thought you all will probably want to play along with the recording too, so I went ahead and dropped it a half step. THE TUNING IS 1/2 STEP DOWN. I'm sorry if that's a pain (that is how the original was recorded).

The picking technique on this song is very similar to the one used on "Stop This Train". The tab is an exact representation of the picking pattern, just the chord shapes for the pattern to be applied to. Soon, I will post a to-the-point instructional video on how to do this well. Also, if you have trouble playing thumb chords make sure you're not pulling the strings out of tune. I have a little problem with that in this video. Lastly on tuning, the solo part requires a full step bend; make sure your bending all he way to the next note-but not too sharp. Do a better job than I did with that!

Intro/Verse/Instrumental

:Rhythm Guitar:
e[-------------------------------------------------------]
b[---10-h-12---7-h-10-----2-----3-----3-----2------10----]
g[---11--------7----------2-----4-----2-----2------11----](repeat)
d[---12--------9----------4-----5-----0-----2------12----]
a[------------------------------------------0------------]
e[---10--------7----------2-----3-----2------------10----]
     D         Bm         F#m   G     D/F#  A      D
     
:Lead Intro Guitar:
e[--------------------------10------------------------------------------]
b[10--10---12---12-b/-(14)---------------10-b/-(12)-\b-10----8-7--------]
g[-----------------------------11--9--11--------11---------6------9--7-6]
d[----------------------------------------------------------------------]
a[----------------------------------------------------------------------]
e[----------------------------------------------------------------------]
				

Pre-Chorus/Chorus

e[----------------------------|-----------------------------------
b[---5---------7------10---3--|------------5------10----3-----3---
g[---6---------7--OR--11---4--|(repeat 2x)-6------11----4-----2---
d[---7---------7------12---5--|------------7------12----5-----0---
a[-------------5--------------|-----------------------------------
e[---5----------------10---3--|------------5------10----3-----2---
     A         D           G               A      D     G    D/F#    
     
-------------------------]
---3----3-----2-----10---]
---4----2-----2-----11---]
---5----0-----2-----12---]
--------------0----------]
---3----2-----------10---]
   G   D/F#   A     D
				
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Solo

e[----------------------------------------------------------12---------
b[--17-b/-(19)--17-b/-(19)-\b-17--15-12-b/-(14)-\b----10 10----12-s/-14
g[---------------------------------------------------------------------
d[---------------------------------------------------------------------
a[---------------------------------------------------------------------
e[---------------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------17--------------------------12-------
-15---17-b/-(19)-\b--17-b/-(19)-------/b-17---15---12-b/-(14)----\b--10
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------17----]
-12-b/-(14)--15--17-s/-19---17-s/-19-------17]
---------------------------------------------]
---------------------------------------------]
---------------------------------------------]
---------------------------------------------]
				

Outro

e[---------------------------------------------------------]
b[---2---3---5---7---8---10---12---10---8---7---5---3---2--]
g[---0---0---0---0---0---0----0----0----0---0---0---0---0--]
d[---2---4---5---7---9---11---12---11---9---7---5---3---2--]
a[---------------------------------------------------------]
e[---------------------------------------------------------]
				

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