My Guy chords by Mary Wells


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My Guy | Chords + Lyrics

Intro (0:00)

||: Bb bass line :|| Cm7 Dm7 |

Verse 1 (0:08)

| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 |
Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy.
| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | D7 D D7 | D7 |
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy.

Bridge 1 (0:23)

| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F |
I’m sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter,
| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 N.C |
like birds of a feather, we stick together.

Turnaround 1 (0:31)

| Bb G | C7 F | Bb Bb6 Bb | Cm7 Dm7 |
I’m tellin’ you from the start I can’t be torn apart from my guy.

Verse 2 (0:39)

| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 |
Nothing you could do could make me untrue to my guy (my guy).
| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | D7 D D7 | D7 |
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie to my guy (my guy, my guy, my guy).

Bridge 2 (0:54)

| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F |
I gave my guy my word of honor,
| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 N.C |
to be faithful and I’m gonna,

Turnaround 2 (1:01)

| Bb G | C7 F | Bb Bb6 Bb | Cm7 Dm7 |
you best be believing I won’t be deceiving my guy.

Bridge 3 (1:09)

| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F7 |
As a matter of opinion, I think he’s tops,
| Cm7 F7 | Bb Bb6 Bb |
my opinion is he’s the cream of the crop.

Middle 8 (1:17)

| Gm7 Dm | Gm7 Dm | C7 | F |
As a matter of taste to be exact, he’s my ideal as a matter of fact.

Verse 3 (1:24)

| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 |
No muscle-bound man could take my hand from my guy (my guy).
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | D7 D | D7 D D6 |
No handsome face could ever take the place of my guy (my guy, my guy, my guy).

Bridge 4 (1:40)

| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F |
He may not be a movie star,
| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 N.C |
but when it comes to being happy, we are.

Turnaround 3 (1:47)

| Bb G | C7 F | Bb Bb6 Bb | Cm7 Dm7 |
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy.

Breakdown (1:55)

||: Bb bass line :|| Cm7 Dm7 |

Verse 4 (2:03)

| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 |
No muscle-bound man (muscle-bound man) could take my hand from my guy (my guy).
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | D7 D | D7 |
No handsome face (handsome face) could ever take the place of my guy (my guy, my guy, my guy).

Bridge 5 (2:18)

| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F |
He may not be a movie star,
| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 N.C |
but when it comes to being happy, we are.

Turnaround 4 (2:25)

| Bb G | C7 F | Bb Bb6 Bb | Cm7 Dm7 |
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy. What you say?

Outro (2:33)

||: Bb G | C7 F | Bb Bb6 Bb | Cm7 Dm7 :||
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy. Tell me more!
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy. What’s that?
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy.


You can learn how to play My Guy!

My guy is the 1964 hit by Motown’s first female superstar Mary Wells. Written by Smokey Robinson, it’s a great example of the early, sweeter, and more innocent sound of Motown.

Let’s take a look at the chords and progressions for all sections of the song.

The intro is a Bb bass line riff. Later on, when the breakdown comes in, we play along with it. Here in the intro we just join in with the last two chords.

||: Bb bass line :|| Cm7 Dm7 |

The first verse mainly moves between Bb and Bb6. Toward the end, we play D7.

The bridge is a II – V on repeat. Cm7F7.

The turnaround is a classic I – VI – II – V although the VI and II chords are major. BbG C7FBb Bb6 BbCm7Dm7.

After the turnaround, we play exactly the same chords again for the verse, bridge, and another turnaround. Just vary the shapes.

This is followed by a m8 section. Here we play licks (more about this further down the page), but we still want to know the chords so we can choose the notes accordingly.

| Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F7 | Cm7 F7 | Bb Bb6 Bb |
| Gm7 Dm | Gm7 Dm | C7 | F |

Next up we have another verse, now My Guy’s chords change slightly.

| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 |
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | D7 D | D7 D D6 |

The following bridge and turnaround have the same chords as before.

The breakdown section is the same as the intro, although now we play along with the bass.

The final verse combines what previous verses did, feel free to vary this as you please.

Finally, the outro is a repeated turnaround section to fade.

||: Bb G | C7 F | Bb Bb6 Bb | Cm7 Dm7 :||

Below, you find a guitar lesson working on how to play the verse for My Guy all over the neck, enjoy!


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My Guy guitar lesson | Verse

This is the first lesson from the course, here we practice the verse first part of the verse, which moves around a Bb chord, we leave the D7 for now.

The first four examples build up to playing the broken triplet. Ensure you can play all of them before you tackle the last two examples.

When you can play all six variations in isolation, aim to move between them in an improvised way.

My Guy chords and TAB, verse example 1.
My Guy Verse TAB example 1

Looking at the TAB in example 1, ensure you can see how we are using a G-shaped Bb chord throughout.

In the next example, we are in an E-shape. Here’s the TAB.

My Guy chords and TAB, verse example 2.
My Guy Verse TAB example 2

Again, practice each example in isolation before you start moving freely between them. If you get stuck on a particular one, go back and practice it again in isolation.

Here’s the last TAB example.

My Guy chords and TAB, verse example 3.
My Guy Verse TAB example 3

Now we are using a C-shaped Bb chord to find our extensions. As I speak about in the video, you may have to move the thumb behind the neck to reach the maj7 and then back again to play the triad and 6 chords.

In total, ten minutes per example should be plenty to nail this. If you’re even quicker, move between all areas, the G shape, the E shape, and the final C shape, in an improvised way.

The more you change between the rhythms and positions, the better. This is not performing the song, this is practicing getting good at moving around the neck.

This is why just one lonely little Bb with a few extensions turned into so many TAB examples.

The goal is to see the opportunities you have to play this chord all over the neck, be able to execute it, then choose which one you like the most. First, we develop. Then we refine.

In the next step, we move on to learn the bridge, you’ll soon be flying around the neck. For the complete experience, sign up here.


My Guy licks

The jazzy-sounding licks you hear on the original recording are deeply analyzed in the course. We still use the pentatonic as our framework, but add some extra notes to create a sweeter, more jazz-influenced sound.

There are two main opportunities to add these licks to the song. The first is over the D7 that appears towards the end of the verse.

In the key of Bb, the D7 is a IIIx chord, the scale used for this lick is a D Minor Blues scale with an added b9. The b9 belongs to chord III and the mode Phrygian.

The second lick is to be found in the turnaround over the Bb chord. Here we use a Bb Major Pentatonic with an added m3rd. This is the major blues scale. Since a G chord is also present during this turnaround, we could also see this as a G minor blues scale. The notes are identical.

To play a specific scale over an individual chord, during a quick progression like this, is what jazz improvisation is all about.

My Guy’s chords provide an achievable introduction to this concept.


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Mary Wells

Find out more about Mary Wells, the woman who sang over My Guy's chords.

Mary Wells was a female superstar for early Motown and an important part of the label’s success. Smokey Robinson and Motown’s main songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland all wrote for her.

Things started to go sour when Berry Gordy started prioritizing other singers.

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