STOP THIS TRAIN [2/2] by John Mayer

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This is Part 2 of a two-part lesson. Find Part 1 here.

In the first part of this lesson where I went over the intro for “Stop This Train,” I mentioned that I was unable to play some of the fingerings the exact way that John Mayer is able to. That all comes into play here in the verses. I simply can’t get some of my fingers into position as he does, so I’ve found some work-arounds to help us average humans play the song!

With some of the chord structures and fingerings, it’s a little unclear as to why John made the choices he did. Perhaps the song's tone is affected subtly, but overall, you won’t notice much difference with the fingerings and chord grips I’ve done here.

As I mentioned in the first part, much of the song isn’t as difficult as you may think it to be at first, but it really, really helps to break everything down into small, workable components. And I mean small! Similarly to the first part of this lesson, there are some funky things happening with your strumming hand. If you can work on isolating one or two fingers at a time and perfecting the sound you’re looking for, it’ll make a massive difference to the end result once you put it all together.

When you get to the point of putting it all together, really listen to make sure everything sounds the way it does on the recording and that the timings are synced up properly. 

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