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John Mayer's Melbourne show confirmed why he's one of the world's most accessible guitarists

It was a pure masterclass from the celebrated songwriter.

Multi Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer is probably one of the most accessible guitarists of his generation. Being able to unlock the mainstream and giving his audiences a versatile range of music, he has managed to keep his career driving for nearly two decades.

As smooth as a baby's bottom, perhaps smoother, Mayer walks us through his set, with a surprising depth of choice with his songs. He takes pride in his catalogue, stretching from his hippy country folk acoustic phase with 'Queen of California', 'Love is a Verb' and ‘Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey'. With the latter song, he made the point that in this day and age with social media, no one has a "lost year anymore", and the song had a direct link to his lost year in 2011.

He stretched into his highly accessible pop-rock shelf with old and new with songs such as 'No Such Thing', 'Clarity', 'Love on the Weekend' and 'Daughters'. For the track 'New Light', Mayer proclaimed that it was finally time for him to "Dance like a schmuck. Do you guys have that word? Schmuck? Anyway…" and damn, did he dance. Welcoming the words of a heedless heckler, Mayer built rapport with the belligerent voice. Usually such antagonists are kicked out by this point, but Mayer decided that it wasn't to be, as he pulled off a quad stretch and brought on a deep cut, 'Edge of Desire', pleasing the now satisfied lady.

 
 
 
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And of course, his intense blues rock was present. 'Slow Dancing in a Burning Room', 'Gravity' and 'Waiting On the World to Change' rose to popularity with the audience. 'Slow Dancing' was fused with a Prince cover of 'The Beautiful Ones' by guitarist David Ryan Harris. This made the audience jump with glee over his vocal range.

Above all the music splendour and Mayer brilliance, the biggest surprise came from guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, as he performed what may be the best jazz guitar solo I've ever seen in the middle of 'Waiting On the World to Change'.

He didn't perform 'Vultures', 'Why Georgia' or the less forgiving ‘Gravity’ which were all huge omissions, nevertheless, he presented enough of the gems to produce a warm and reflective set.

Highlight: Seeing Mayer and his band rip the stage up song after song.

Lowlight: No ‘Vultures’ or ‘Why Georgia’.