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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157560700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575607009
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rick on September 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
i just recently purchased this book for something to do to kill time. i'm a big fan of john mayer's music, and wanted to see if i could possibly play some of his stuff. at first it was a little intimidating, because some of the chords are a little difficult for me. (i think john must have some rather large hands.) but contrary to what has been said about this book by others, once you take the time to learn the music, it sounds exactly like the album. minus the background instruments of course. so if you base your decision on whether or not to buy this based on will the songs sound like the album, don't let that be a reason. just pay attention to the fact that you will need a capo, and will need to know what a "drop D" tuning is to make it "sound like the album". other than that, if you enjoy playing guitar, and you enjoy john mayer's music, then you should like this book. if you don't enjoy one of the aforementioned, then you probably won't enjoy this book. it's a pretty simple concept.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Z on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Notice that there are 3 versions of this book - PVG, Easy Guitar, and Guitar TAB. Make sure you don't get the PVG if you are wanting to learn the guitar parts, as it does not have guitar tabs in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By StringKing on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
The good news is this book features strikingly accurate-sounding transcriptions. The bad new is this book features strikingly accurate-sounding transcriptions. Why the paradox? If you can play the songs as written, it sounds just like John Mayer. But the key word here is 'if'. I've never heard of most of the chords he uses on this album, nor have I ever seen them in any other song (and I've been playing for nearly ten years). His riffs are sickeningly complex, and his solos are no easier. After lots and lots of practice though, it can be accomplished, and it sounds great once it comes together.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ebay8503 on December 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ok, here's the problem: Some of the tabs are good. The one's I tried to learn (neon, back to you, no such thing) were pretty wrong. I bought the Any Given Thursday DVD and watched John's hands. They're no where close to what the book says he's supposed to be (on the fret board). The other thing worth noting is that not all of the chords are listed. John does some really alternate chord fingering and they'll list only some of them, but they'll tell you to play it - Frustrating. I spent more time on youtube on their tutorials since I found this too incomplete.

I also downloaded songs from the Room For Squares and tried using that to help out (instead of relying on AGThurs)...and guess what. Even more notes are missing. I slowed down the song and followed along with tab; yup, missing notes.

I know how to read tab and have been playing for a while (10 years). Too many errors and missing tabs to be considered a good buy. On the plus side, it DOES provide some good chord diagrams (when they provide them).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. S. G. on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had hoped to buy this Easy-Guitar Tab in hopes of finding out what chords John Mayer was using for his hit "No Such Thing."

The guitar tab was fine, but lacked Mayer's fundamental chord structure, by not supplying his chord changes when they are most needed. The guitar chords totally lack the head of the song, which to me is the signature element of the melody. In other songs, there is plentiful chord structure. Why does this tab book not include the chords for one of his most notable and play-worthy songs?

I can only say that the authors of this book were negligent and intentionally so. I was not satisfied with my purchase, and would caution anyone who intends to buy this book with the thought of finding "No Such Thing" detailed in the book, when it is not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Cameron on December 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
John Mayer's skill as a guitarist, unfortunately, is not completely conveyed through the songs on "Room For Squares". However, in order for some of these songs to sound like the versions on Room For Squares, you simply have to play and be able to play like John Mayer, which is in my opinion, a very under-rated guitarist. But I would advise anyone questioning purchasing this book to do so. If you can play half as well as John, you can play the songs on this album, and make them sound like the originals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kouichi84 on December 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am in Japan.
I am sutisfied with this product and parchase.
thank you !
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By angie m. on September 22, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son absolutly loves this book. It has been very helpful to him.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves John Mayer and his music.
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