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Queen of California (Video Lesson)

I’m a big John Mayer fan. Especially after his recent decent to Earth from the high horse and his latest album Born And Raised. “Queen of California” is probably my favorite track so naturally I learned how to play it on the ‘ukulele.

It’s not that hard, but getting the groove right as you sing is kind of tough. You need a low G to play this riff right and if you want to play along with the record you should tune your ‘ukulele down a half step to F# B D# G#.

I said it was a test in the video and I will say now that the test was successful. Keep an eye out for more ‘ukulele video lessons – broadcast straight from the island of Maui and Brad’s ipad! Awright!!!

Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

5 comments… add one
  • Jacob Lee Aug 29, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Brad,
    Why did you take down your lesson on octaves? I never got to watch any part of it before it was removed. Are you planning on redoing the lesson?

    Thanks,
    Jacob

  • Matt Burd Sep 21, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Nice work. Was never a John Mayer fan until recently. I bought his live trio album a few months back and bought born and raised when it came out. Thanks again. Great tutorials!

  • Timothy Zimmer Oct 23, 2012, 10:52 am

    I would have to agree with Matt and say I have never been a John Mayer fan until the live trio album… thanks..

  • Shaun dickson May 9, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Stoked to see the queen of California video but I want to play it with a friend
    That plays it in B. How do u transpose the riff to the B. Thanks. Shaun

    • Brad Bordessa May 10, 2015, 7:58 am

      Aloha Shaun, The easiest way to do this would be to tune your ‘ukulele down a half step to F# B D# G# and play the riff like it’s written. Trying to transpose in standard tuning would be a little messy.

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