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My Girl - Uke

Rhythm and Chords

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My Girl - Uke > Rhythm and Chords

Hello my free spirited uke playing friends! Let’s not waste another day, it’s time to play in the key of D! Here we go with one of the all-time social music classics (do I say that about all of these songs?), My Girl by Smokey Robinson. If this was the only social music standard he ever wrote, Smokey Robinson would be still be considered a legend but there are a lot more where this came from and it’s always right to thank him for brightening our worlds. In this tune we’ll take a close look at the chord shapes and also dig into some useful strumming patterns including the pattern I like to call “This-is-a-Really-Good-Song.” You’ll see why. By now your songbag has some gold in it and I hope that as we move along you’re able to find people to jam with. Like most things in life, music making is best done as a group endeavor. Even if that group is a uke player and a spoons player it comes alive! I suggest that once you’ve played My Girl for a bit you go back and make sure the other tunes haven’t slipped away from you. It happens! And please, drop me a line and let me know how things are going in life, liberty and the pursuit of social music.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through and Introduction to My Girl

Loop 1:41 Breakdown of D, G, A and Em Chords

Loop 4:00 Breakdown of Rhythm and Verses

Loop 10:19 Closing Thoughts

Loop 12:58 Practice Loop


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