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       The Heart Of Life by John Mayer

Tabbed by: Janne Virtanen, Finland, janne_virtanen_@hotmail.com

Tuning: half-step down

Okay, so this is an acoustic(/normal) version of a great song, The Heart Of Life,
based on an acoustic performance of John Mayer that can be seen in youtube.com

Other tabs here are quite Ok, but there were few parts that didn't quite
please me, and finally I decided to tab one myself. Hopefully this will come
out good, as it is my first one. Hope that you accept my vision of it and
maybe use it in your own playing..! :)

John uses only his THUMB and INDEX finger!
So don't hassle with your middle finger in this one...

So this is modified, not an album version. You can play the extra stuff as you like,
but in the video they are played exactly like this (in verse, chorus, interlude).
The biggest changes are in the chorus part of the song. Hope you find those refreshing!
I have added the strumming pattern in some places where the song has changed
a bit so that it'd be easier to catch up. d=down u=up

Chords that are used:

   D   Bm  F#m  G   D*  A   
e|-x----x---x---x---x---x--|
B|-10---7---2---3---3---2--|
G|-11---7---2---4---2---2--|
D|-12---9---4---5---0---2--|
A|-x----x---x---x---x---0--|
E|-10---7---2---3---2---x--|

*I'm 100% sure that in D chord the D string is played "open"
so it's NOT e|--x--| like in every other tab in here.. Watch the video!
            B|--3--|
            G|--2--|
            D|-[4]-|
            A|--x--|
            E|--2--|

So let's begin with the INTRO. A bit different than in the other tabs (or album)..

    u    d   u  u d   u    d   u    d   u   d   u u d   u   d   u   d
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--10-------10-------10-------12-------7-------7-------7-------10-----|
G|-------11-------11-------11-------11------7-------7-------7-------7--|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

    u   d   u u d   u   d   u u d   u   d   u u d   u   d   u u d
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--| Slide back up
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|

The second time there are a couple of fills. No hammer ons!
Play with the index finger.

    u    d   u  u d   u    d   u    d   u   d   u u d   u   d   u   d
e|-----------------------------9----10--------------------------7------|
B|--10-------10-------10---12-----------7-------7-----------7-------10-|
G|-------11-------11------------------------7-------7---9--------------|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|
                                        |this section's a bit different|
                                                  than usual

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--|
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|



VERSE 1
just stick with your thumb and index finger
with lyrics to help you with the timing.

    No fills yet... Play the basics only...
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--10-------10-------10-------12-------7-------7-------7-------10-----|
G|-------11-------11-------11-------11------7-------7-------7-------7--|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

   -I                 hate to see you   cry             lying  there in
   -There's           things you need to hear          so turn off your

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--|
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|

    that            po..            si..          ..tion.
    tears           and             li..          ..sten.


CHORUS || This is what I see & hear him do

So here's the part which John plays differently than in other tabs that are found here..
Don't go up to the tenth fret on the lower E string, just go down to fifth fret on the A string...
There could be "ghost notes", but I can't hear them so good that I could be 
sure... (in parenthesis)
Also the G-based notes are played differently (maybe a bit more difficult at first)...

    u  (d)  u   d   u  (d)  u   d   u   d   u u d   u u d   u u d
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------5---7-------5---------------3-------3-------3------|
G|--6-------7----------(5)------7---4---4-------4-------4-------4--|(notes in parenthesis
D|-----(7)------------------------------------5-------5-------5----| optional)
A|------------------5---X---5---X----------------------------------|
E|--5---X---5---X-------------------3---X---3---X---3---X---3---X--|

   -Pain    throws
               -your
                   -heart   to  the ground
   -Love    turns
               -the whole   thing   around

                                    u   d   u u d   u   d   u u d
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------5---7-------5---------------3---------------3------|
G|--6-------7----------(5)------7---4---4-------4---2---2-------2--|
D|-----(7)------------------------------------5---------------0----|
A|------------------5---X---5---X----------------------------------|
E|--5---X---5---X-------------------3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X--|

    Though  it  won't
                   -all     go  the way         it  should    but
                                                               -I

   u   d   u u d   u   d   u u d   u   d   u u d   
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------3---------------3-------2-------2-------10-------10-------10~~-|
G|-4---4-------4---2---2-------2-------2-------2--------11-------11-------|
D|-----------5---------------0---------------2-----------------12---------|
A|---------------------------------0---X---0---X--------------------------|
E|-3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X-------------------10---X---10---X---10~~-|

   know        the heart       of  life        is  good

INTERLUDE 1 || just once.
                                slide,
                              but still
                              hit down
    u    d   u u  d   u    d   |u   d | u   d   u u d   u   d   u   d
e|------------------------------9-/-10--------------------------9---7--|
B|--10-------10-------10---12-----------7-------7-------7---10---------|
G|-------11-------11------------------------7-------7------------------|
D|-------------12---------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--| Slide back up
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|


VERSE 2
                       No fills...
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--10-------10-------10-------12-------7-------7-------7-------10-----|
G|-------11-------11-------11-------11------7-------7-------7-------7--|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

    You               know it's nothing new             bad news
                                                               -nev-er


e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--|
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|

    had             good            ti..          ..ming

                                                        u   d   u   d
e|--------------------------------------------------------------9---7--|
B|--10-------10-------10-------12-------7-----7---------7---10---------|
G|-------11-------11-------11-------11------7-------7------------------|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

    Then              circle of your                    will de-fend
                               -friends                            -the

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--|
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|

    Sil..         ..ver             li..          ..ning


CHORUS 2

    u  (d)  u   d   u  (d)  u   d   u   d   u u d   u u d   u u d
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------5---7-------5---------------3-------3-------3------|
G|--6-------7----------(5)------7---4---4-------4-------4-------4--|
D|-----(7)------------------------------------5-------5-------5----|
A|------------------5---X---5---X----------------------------------|
E|--5---X---5---X-------------------3---X---3---X---3---X---3---X--|

   -Pain    throws
               -your
                   -heart   to  the ground
   -Love    turns
               -the whole   thing   around

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------5---7-------5---------------3---------------3------|
G|--6-------7----------(5)------7---4---4-------4---2---2-------2--|
D|-----(7)------------------------------------5---------------0----|
A|------------------5---X---5---X----------------------------------|
E|--5---X---5---X-------------------3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X--|

    Though  it  won't
                   -all     go  the way         it  should    but
                                                               -I

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------3---------------3-------2-------2-------10-----10---------10~~-|
G|-4---4-------4---2---2-------2-------2-------2--------11-------11-------|
D|-----------5---------------0---------------2----------------12----------|
A|---------------------------------0---X---0---X--------------------------|
E|-3---X---3---X---2---X---2---x-------------------10---X---10---X---10~~-|

   know        the heart       of  life        is  good


SOLO/INTERLUDE 2 || again a bit different than usual, but still beautiful..
                    you can play it normally if you want. (Check out interlude no. 1)

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--10-------10-------10-------10-------7-------7-------10------7------|
G|-------11-------11-------11-------11------7-------7-------7-------7--|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

    Oooh...                          ...Ooooh...

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--|
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|

    Oooh...

e|------------------------------------------------------9---7----------|
B|--10-------10-------10-------12-------7-------7---------------10--7--|
G|-------11-------11-------11-------11------7-------7------------------|
D|--------------12--------------------------------9--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--10---X---10---X---10---X---10---X---7---X---7---X---7---X---7---X--|

    Oooh...

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2------|
G|------2-------2-------4-------4-------2-------2-------2-------2--|
D|------------4---------------5---------------0---------------2----|
A|--------------------------------------------------0---X---0---X--|
E|--2---X---2---X---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X------------------|


The last CHORUS || Only a little different* than the previous ones..

                *
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------7-------5---------------3-------3-------3------|
G|--6-------7---6------(5)------7---4---4-------4-------4-------4--|
D|-----(7)------------------------------------5-------5-------5----|
A|------------------5---X---5---X----------------------------------|
E|--5---X---5---X-------------------3---X---3---X---3---X---3---X--|
 
    Pain    throws
               -your
                   -heart   to  the ground
    Love    turns
               -the whole   thing
                                a-  round

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------7-------5---------------3---------------3------|
G|--6-------7---6------(5)------7---4---4-------4---2---2-------2--|
D|-----(7)------------------------------------5---------------0----|
A|------------------5---X---5---X----------------------------------|
E|--5---X---5---X-------------------3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X--|

    Fear    is  a   friend  that
                               -you misun..       ..derstood

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------3---------------3---------------3---------------3------|
G|-4---4-------4---2---2-------2---4---4-------4---2---2-------2--|
D|-----------5---------------0---------------5---------------0----|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3---X---3---X---2---X---2---x---3---X---3---X---2---X---2---X--|

   but   I know the
                   heart     of my life    is      good.   Of my...

OUTRO
The ending goes like this, with the G played 'open' but try to be gentle with the hit,
so it doesn't flow over the other notes played.
Hold your middle finger on D string, and use your index and ring fingers on B string,
while Sliding up and down on the neck. Slide will give a nice flowing touch.

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-2-------2-------3-------3-------5-------5-------7-------7------|
G|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--|
D|-----------2---------------4---------------5---------------7----|
A|-0---x---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
 ..life is good...

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-8-------8-------10------10------12------12------14------14-----|
G|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--|
D|-----------9---------------11--------------12--------------14---|
A|-0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
                            Oh, oh my life is good...

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-12------12------10------10------8-------8-------7-------7------|
G|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--|
D|-----------12--------------11--------------9---------------7----|
A|-0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X---0---X--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
              Of my life is good...

                  | slow down a bit |
e|----------------------------------------X-----------------------|
B|-5-------5-------3--------3------------2~~----------------------|
G|-----0-------0-------0----------0-----0~~-----------------------|
D|-----------5-----------------4-------2~~------------------------|
A|-0---X---0---X---0---X----0-----X---0~~-------------------------|
E|------------------------------------X---------------------------|
   Of my life...

So that's it! If the outro doesn't please you, You can play the intro part as
outro a couple of times and fade it out in the end, it sounds good too!
When John plays with his strat, the outro rises even higher, like on Where the
Light is he goes up to 15th fret.. But as I said this is played with the acoustic guitar.
 I hope this helps you out and brings some new ideas! It's been a hell of a job...
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E-man wrote on August 20 2009, 08:47 am

"notes in brackets are optionary"
1)Those are parenthesis, not brackets.
2)Optionary is not a word, i think you were looking for optional.
3)Great tab man, it must have taken a lot of time and work. Sounds great, but I can't believe he only uses his index and thumb. I watched the video and that is correct. Good job 5 stars.

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awmawyou wrote on August 30 2009, 04:42 pm

thank you man
world need more people like you and mayer
what a awesome tab although i am iffy about the outro
continue your good work
p.s lend me your ears literally.

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finger-of-doom wrote on August 30 2009, 04:42 pm

yeah, the outro is the one I wasn't sure :) But thank you for your comment!

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