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John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change

Waiting On The World To Change

The guitar prince himself continues to amaze me with his astounding back catalogue. He is an absolute baller on the 6 string so transferring his music onto the 4 string is often difficult. This song, however, was effortless. Let’s learn to play Waiting On The World To Change on the ukulele.

What Are We Learning To Play?

Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. 

Ukulele Tabs

We open up with a simple set of chords. I’m using a low G in the video but the main riff is played on the bottom three strings so it works on a high G fine. This song has a super laid back feel but its still important to listen out for when to play each lick. The parts in blue are just some embellishments I added, if you are struggling to play them, don’t worry about it.

A |---------2------|-2----2--------|-0----0--2------|-2----2--------|
E |-2----2--2------|-3----3--2-----|-0----0--2------|-3----3--2-----|
C |-2----2--2------|-2----2--2-----|-1----1--2------|-2----2--2-----|
G |-2----2--4------|---------2-----|-2----2--4------|---------2-----|

A |-5----5-2----------------5----|---------2---------5-----|
E |-5----5-2--2h3-3---2h3-5------|-2p0-2-5-2---2h3-5-------|
C |-6----6-2--2h4-4-----------2--|---------2-----------2---|
G |------------------------------|-------------------------|

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