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John Mayer – Slow Dancing In a Burning Room

Slow Dancing In a Burning Room

I’m not going to lie, I am absolutely in love with John Mayer. It took me a long time to get to grips with his music but I am so glad that I did. Not only is he a brilliant songwriter, but he’s also a phenomenal guitar player. Let’s learn to play Slow Dancing In A Burning Room on the ukulele.

What Are We Learning To Play?

The tabs are from a little arrangement I made for my Tik Tok account recently. Check it out below and keep scrolling to learn it yourself. I have included the main intro part of the song as the other bits are just there to create a nice harmony.

Ukulele Tabs

This is a fantastic little arrangement on the ukulele. We are utilising lots of techniques into a short, laid back jam.

First of all, we are starting with a slide from the 6th to the 8th. That means, plucking the 6th fret and then sliding your finger up to the 8th without plucking again. The x’s on the tab stand for a chuck. This means covering all the strings with your fretting hand to dampen them. Then striking with your strumming hand.

After you have played those four 2 note chords on the bottom strings. It’s time for the next technique, the hammer on. I stupidly didn’t write it on the tabs, however, between the 2nd and 4th fret on the A string needs to be a hammer on.

A |-----7-----x--7-6-4-2--2-4--2---|-----7-----x--7-6-4-2--2-4--2---|
E |-----------x--9-7-4-2---------4-|-----------x--9-7-4-2-----------|
C |-6/8----1--x------------------4-|-6/8----1--x------------------4-|
G |-----------x-----------2--------|-----------x-----------2------4-|

If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested to see my ukulele arrangement of The Search For Everything album.

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