Jason Mraz Biography

Mraz became a household name in 2008

Biography and Guitar Lessons

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Jason Mraz

In 2002, Mraz signed to Elektra Records and released his first album entitled Waiting For My Rocket To Come. The debut had the single The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) on it which peaked at #15 on the Billboard chart.

Jason Mraz’s next album, Mr. A-Z was released in 2005 and Mraz promoted it by touring as a support act to Alanis Morrisette, Tracy Chapman and James Blunt the world over.

Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Mr. A-Z peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart. It contained crowd favorites such as Geek In Pink, Life Is Wonderful and Wordplay.

For the 2008 album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, the single I’m Yours featured (re-recorded). This song made Jason Mraz a household name.


SpyTunes had a hit with I’m Yours before Jason Mraz!

In hindsight, the rest of the world did agree with Spytunes that I’m Yours was the song of 2008 but it took almost two years!

We had already recorded this song in 2007 and received over a million plays on YouTube. Based on the original EP version (Extra Credit ’05) Spytunes decided if Jason Mraz wasn’t going to release this obvious monster hit, then we would!

In May 2008, Mraz finally came to his senses and released it as the first single off his album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.

At first, the sales were slow but by late 2009 I’m Yours was the best selling song since the millennium with over four million downloads. It has spent the longest time on the Billboard charts, ever.


Guitar Lessons


I’m Yours – Step 1

Let’s find out how to write a hit melody! The secret is in rhythmic repetition and how the intervals relate to the chords.

To understand this we start by studying the nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider, which is actually more complex than I’m Yours.

Go to I’m Yours step 1.


I’m Yours – Step 2

Let’s put 6 massive hits under the microscope that all use nursery style melody writing.

They all do so over the very catchy I V VI IV progression.

Go to I’m Yours step 2.


I’m Yours – Step 3 (Free Preview)

The time has come to learn how to play I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

I actually recorded this before Jason released his official version and had my own first youtube hit with it.

Go to I’m Yours step 3.


I’m Yours – Step 4

In this step, we look at the M8. This section provides some much-needed tension!

Without it, I’m Yours may have been a bit too nursery rhyme like.

Go to I’m Yours step 4.


I’m Yours – Step 5

It’s time to play the complete song. A simple chart is provided in the key we think of as we use a capo.

Use the video with me and the singer(s) to help you learn this one guitar arrangement.

Go to I’m Yours step 5.


I’m Yours – Step 6

Let the real learning begin! By creating a simple 2nd guitar part we can move around the fret board.

Without a capo we are now in the key of B. It’s only four chords but the key is tricky…

Go to I’m Yours step 6.


I’m Yours – Step 7

Let’s work on a 2nd guitar part for the M8 section. As you’ve already done this for the verse it is not too difficult.

To challenge you a bit more, I’ve made another example, it’s a quick one…

Go to I’m Yours step 7.


I’m Yours – Step 8

Let’s play this song as a band.

You know what I’m going to play, it’s up to you to provide the variation by moving around the fret board in an improvised way.

Go to I’m Yours step 8.


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A huge hit in 2008 from Jason Mraz, Spytunes actually recorded this song before it was officially released.

Using an old demo from 2005 we took this song and made it our own thinking if Jason isn’t gonna release this, then we are!

Go to I’m Yours chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

I'm YoursWell you done, done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
And now I’m trying to get back

Go to I’m Yours lyrics.


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