Learn How To Play My Guy
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band
My Guy Jazz guitar 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 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, as well over a quick progression like this, is what jazz improvisation is all about.
My Guy is an achievable introduction to this concept.
My Guy is in the key of Bb.
||: Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 :|| D7 | D7 |
||: Cm7 F7 :||
| Bb G | C7 F | Bb6 | Cm Dm |
||: Cm7 F7 :|| Bb Bb6 ||: Gm Dm :|| C7 | F |
My Guy – Step 1
With one foot in jazz rather than blues, we get more maj7 and 6 chords than dom7 chords.
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My Guy – Step 2 (Free Preview)
Right now, this is not about performing the song, this is practicing getting good at moving around the neck. First, we develop, then we refine.
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My Guy – Step 3
Should you do this in less than half an hour, spend the remaining time improvising what shapes you play.
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My Guy – Step 4
Perhaps you spend today mainly practicing the licks for the turnaround. If you do, remember, the guy who played it had many more, jazz influenced music is not set in stone.
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My Guy – Step 5
Luckily it is the same concepts repeated, and they all build on what you’ve done before so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get through it all.
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My Guy – Step 6
In these last three examples, we play licks instead of chords. Notice how the licks follow the chords.
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My Guy – Step 7
Use the TAB to play along with me before you tackle the song on your own.
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My Guy – Step 8
Instead, aim to explore the fret board as you play the song. This is what will create your most organic and best sounding “part”.
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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
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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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Things started to go sour when Berry Gordy started prioritizing other singers.
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Smokey’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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These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
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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