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My Girl

Chords and Rhythm

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My Girl > Chords and Rhythm

Greetings Guitar Family! How is the Social Music songbag? If you’ve been with me for awhile now I know it’s filling up nicely. Today’s lesson takes us to one of the most popular sing along and play along songs of the past half century - My Girl by Smokey Robinson. This has been sung by thousands of people along the way and now you’ll be able to add your name to that list. This is our first song in the key of D and we’ll be using four chords. If you’re grabbing a hold of the numeral system that we sometimes use in naming chords you know that the I, IV, V, and IIm chords in the key of D are D, G, A, and Em. As we play this song we’ll be focusing on some muting techniques with both the chording and strumming hands that will help us put a little rhythmic punch in our playing. We’ll also take a minute to talk about how we put dynamics in these tunes. In other words, what can we do to give the music a lift when it calls for it, often times during the chorus, and what can we do to bring the music down to create some space for the lyrics. We’re learning to play the guitar but we’re also learning how to put the songs across and that’s where things can get very exciting!





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of My Girl

Loop 0:50 Breakdown of D, G, A and Em Chords

Loop 2:10 Breakdown of Rhythm and Verses

Loop 11:36 Closing Thoughts

Loop 13:00 Practice Loop


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