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 |


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the video above, starting at 2:52, you find a preview of My Guy’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 from the course.

In this step, we work on playing the verse all over the neck. There are three examples to work on in this step. Each example has 6 variations. Below you find TAB for the first example.

In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band, first practice each example, then start moving freely around the fret board.

To get access to the loop, all examples, TAB and all other lessons you need in order to learn how to play My Guy, sign up here.


My Guy – Guitar Lessons

There are more jazzy sounding chords to discover when we play My Guy.

During the steps, you’ll get many variations on how you can play each section, ultimately making it possible for you to improvise your guitar part when you play it with the band in the final step.

Go to My Guy – Guitar Lessons.


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.

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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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Intermediate Electric – 13 Songs

You can learn how to play these 13 intermediate electric songs!

Be My Baby, Can I Get A Witness, Get Ready, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Jimmy Mack, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Money (That’s What I Want), My Guy, Rescue Me, Respect, Son Of A Preacher Man, Soul Man, and You Can’t Hurry Love.

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