You can learn how to play My Guy by Mary Wells!

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 in 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 is an achievable introduction to this concept.


Chords

My Guy is in the key of Bb.

Verse

||: Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 :|| D7 | D7 |

Bridge

||: Cm7 F7 :||

Turnaround

| Bb G | C7 F | Bb6 | Cm Dm |

M8

||: Cm7 F7 :|| Bb Bb6 ||: Gm Dm :|| C7 | F |


My Guy – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play My Guy by Mary Wells!

Step 1 (Bars & Beats)Step 2 (Verse)Step 3 (Bridge)Step 4 (Turnaround)Step 5 (Verse, bridge & turnaround)Step 6 (M8 & Instrumental)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (Live band backing track).


My Guy – Lyrics

Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy.
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy.
I’m sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter,
like birds of a feather, we stick together.

Go to My Guy – Lyrics.


The Funk Brothers – Biography

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were the Funk Brothers.

The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles and the band found a note on the hit factory door.

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Mary Wells – Biography

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.

Go to Mary Wells – Biography.


Smokey Robinson – Biography

Smokey was a huge part of Motown’s success. Partly with his band The Miracles, but he also wrote and produced a big part of Motown’s legendary catalog.

Robinson’s hits include Shop Around, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, The Tears of a Clown, My Guy, My Girl, and Get Ready.

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