My Guy

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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.


Chord progression

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 |


Guitar Lessons


My Guy – Step 1

A standard on the Motown/Soul setlist, this sugar-sweet pop hit is a must to learn for the aspiring soul guitarist.

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)

The more you change between the rhythms and positions, the better.

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

Today we dive into the bridge. As always, start by playing exactly like the TAB says.

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

If you can move around the neck, rhythmically, and dynamically communicate with the band you’re playing with, then you’re making music.

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

There was a lot of TAB in the last few lessons, today there’s even more as we put three sections together.

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

Let’s learn the M8. For the first three examples, we just play chords using the same rhythm as the bridge had. We also mainly stay in each area.

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

Today you’ll find out how well all that preparation paid off as it’s time to play the full song.

Use the TAB to play along with me before you tackle the song on your own.

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My Guy – Step 8

You could still use the TAB when you play on your own with the band, but it would be better if you didn’t.

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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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

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The Funk Brothers

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.

Go to The Funk Brothers biography.


Mary Wells

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

Smokey Robinson is a huge part of Motown’s success. Not only was he an artist with many hits in his own band The Miracles, but he also wrote and produced a massive part of Motown’s 60s catalog.

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.

Go to Smokey Robinson biography.


Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.

Go to Intermediate electric guitar course.


Intermediate Electric Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the electric guitar.

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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