Jimmy Mack Lyrics

Jimmy Mack – Martha and the Vandellas

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Jimmy Mack Lyrics

Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back

My arms are missing you, my lips feel the same way too
I tried so hard to be true, like I promised I’d do
But this guy keeps comin’ around, he’s tryin’ to wear my resistance down

Hey, Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back
Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back

He calls me on the phone, about three times a day
Now my heart doesn’t listen to, what he has to say
But this loneliness I have within, is reaching out to be his friend

Hey, Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back
Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back

Need your loving (Jimmy Mack, won’t hurry back)
Need your loving (Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back)

Solo

I wanna say I’m not getting any stronger, I can’t hold out very much longer
Trying hard, to be true. But Jimmy he talks just as sweet as you

Hey, Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back
Jimmy, can’t you hear me Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back

Need your loving (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack)
Need your loving (Hurry, hurry)

Hey Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack)
Hey Jimmy Mack, when are you coming back (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack)
Oh, I’m not getting any stronger (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh)
I can’t hold out very much longer (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh)
Jimmy Mack when are you coming back (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh)
Need your loving. Oh Jimmy Mack (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh)


Guitar Lessons


Jimmy Mack – Step 1

With Jimmy Mack, we get a relatively straight forward arrangement, although there are little variations in there.

Let’s start this off by listening to the complete song and work out the structure.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 2 (Free Preview)

In this step, we learn the intro. The chords are extended and substituted to create more jazzy sounds.

First, learn all examples as the TAB says, then start improvising what shapes you play.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 3

Today we dive deeper into everything that is Jimmy Mack as we explore the chorus.

Start by practicing all examples to the loop as the TAB show, then develop your own variations using substitutes or extensions.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 4

In this step, we crack on with the verse of Jimmy Mack. Four TAB examples cover the entire neck.

Simply practice these to the two loops until they feel natural. To become free, spend some time improvising what shapes you use without looking at the TAB.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 5

Today we make sure the verse and chorus are all good by looking at two examples of how you can play these sections on repeat.

Start by nailing them as written before you start improvising what shapes you use.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 6

In this step, we learn how to put the horn section solo found on the original recording on the guitar.

It’s really easy if you compare it to playing the sax solo of Respect.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 7

Today I play the entire song and give you the TAB for what I play in the video.

I hope playing this song has taught you about extended/substituted chords and that you can apply this technique to any song you play in the future.

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Jimmy Mack – Step 8

Today we finish off our study of Jimmy Mack as it’s your turn to play with the band. Ensure you move around the neck in an improvised way.

Only by actually doing this can you find the best part, only by doing this can you get good at substituting chords on the fly.

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Related Pages


Chords and Guitar Lessons

Jimmy Mack is a song written by Motown’s main songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. Penned especially for Martha Reeves and The Vandellas.

This song invites us to discuss how you can substitute instead of extending chords to create more interesting sounds.

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Holland Dozier Holland

Lamont Dozier and brother Eddie and Brian Holland was Motown’s main songwriting team in Motown’s hit factory during the 60s.

Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.

Go to Holland-Dozier-Holland biography.


Martha And The Vandellas

Martha met her Vandellas as she was a secretary at Motown’s hit factory where her soon to be backing singers sang for Marvin Gaye.

Together they had seven years of hits including Jimmy Mack, Nowhere To Run, and perhaps Motown’s biggest hit of them all in Dancing In The Street.

Go to Martha and the Vandellas biography.


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