John Mayer, the guitarist and record producer, explained that he looks up to the three legendary guitarists, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix on the latest conversation he made with Eric Harland.
On the latest episode of Masterclass with Eric Harland, John Mayer revealed how his musical taste and abilities have been shaped throughout the years. He said that he grew up in the 1980s MTV. When he discovered the guitar, Mayer explained that he mostly tended to blues and jazz music.
Met the guitar and the world of blues and jazz in his youth, Mayer talked about his biggest inspirations whom he wanted to play like. He named the three masters, Vaughan, Clapton, and Hendrix. Though Mayer said that his style is constantly changing, he also admitted that these names have been great guidance for him in his musical journey.
Here is what John Mayer said about his style in music and how it has been affected:
“My whole style is, I think, defined by constantly changing my mind as to what I want to be. I never came up going like, ‘I’m going to do a little of this, a little of that.’
It’s like, ‘I only want to be this… Wait, wait, wait, I changed my mind. I only want to be this… Screw that, wait a minute.’
And by moving around and kind of continually kind of like going into witness relocation, all the different places you’re moving into, you start realizing, ‘Oh, I do have the need to play the blues like I practiced when I was trying to play like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix and I do have the need to write lyrics like Paul Simon wrote ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ or ‘Train in the Distance.'”
You can watch the whole conversation below.