John Mayer on Dynamics in Soloing

This is a video of John Mayer at a Berklee College of Music clinic in 2008 discussing how to build dynamics when soloing, followed by a performance of “Waiting on the World to Change”:

I like how John compares soloing to singing. You wouldn’t start out by yelling to the crowd; you would build up the dynamics in the song to a high point.


  1. says

    I guess for the blues he is right about the dynamics at a high point in the beginning of the song. But those rules I don’t think apply for Rock. Just look at Mars Volta.

  2. Josh says

    I don’t think this is a hard and fast rule that should always be followed. But, I do think it’s helpful to think about dynamics when crafting a solo.

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