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My Girl

As performed by the Temptations
Tabbed by G. Ludovici

I've included the bass intro, but raised it up an octave since a guitar with
standard tuning doesn't have the lowest notes.

For the verses, the guitar just plays up two major scales over and over.
The C scale and F scale for the first two versus, then D and G after the key change.

I worked to ensure the fingering pattern was similar and scale-like
 throughout the entire song.  During the chorus, strum freely to fill out
 the sound.  The strum patterns included are a simplified suggestion.

TUNING NOTE:  If you play with the Temptations recording, you'll want to
tune all of the strings up about 10hz above standard tuning (less than a
semi-tone) or it'll sound a touch flat.


BASS INTRO (+8va):
e|------------- |------------- |
B|------------- |------------- |
G|-0------0---- |-0-----0----- |
D|------------- |------------- |
A|---3-3----3-3 |---3-3---3-3- |
E|------------- |------------- |

GUITAR INTRO:
    C               C
                         I've got

e|-------------  |------------- |
B|-------------  |------------- |
G|----------2-5  |----------2-5 |
D|------2-5----  |------2-5---- |
A|--3-5--------  |--3-5-------- |
E|-------------  |------------- |


   C               F               C              F
   sunshine         on a cloudy   day                       When

e|-------------  |-------------  |-------------  |------------- |
B|-------------  |-------------  |-------------  |------------- |
G|---------2-5-  |-------------  |---------2-5-  |------------- |
D|-----2-5-----  |---------0-3-  |-----2-5-----  |---------0-3- |
A|-3-5---------  |-----0-3-----  |-3-5---------  |-----0-3----- |
E|-------------  |-1-3---------  |-------------  |-1-3--------- |

   C                F                C                F
 it's cold outside, I've got the month of May

e|-------------   |-------------   |-------------   |------------- |
B|-------------   |-------------   |-------------   |------------- |
G|---------2-5-   |-------------   |---------2-5-   |------------- |
D|-----2-5-----   |---------0-3-   |-----2-5-----   |---------0-3- |
A|-3-5---------   |-----0-3-----   |-3-5---------   |-----0-3----- |
E|-------------   |-1-3---------   |-------------   |-1-3--------- |


CHORUS (strum):

  C         Dm          F        G
  I         guess       you'd    say,

e|-0----0---1----1-   |-1----1---3----3--|
B|-1----1---3----3-   |-1----1---0----0--|
G|-0----0---2----2-   |-2----2---0----0--|
D|-2----2---0----0-   |-3----3---0----0--|
A|-3----3----------   |----------2----2--|
E|-----------------   |----------3----3--|


  C        Am           F        G
  What can make me     feel this way?

e|-0----0---1----1-   |-1----1---3----3--|
B|-1----1---2----2-   |-1----1---0----0--|
G|-0----0---2----2-   |-2----2---0----0--|
D|-2----2---0----0-   |-3----3---0----0--|
A|-3----3----------   |----------2----2--|
E|-----------------   |----------3----3--|


  C        Am           F         C
  My girl, my girl,    my girl  Talkin' 'bout

e|-0----0---1----1-   |-1----1----0------0--|
B|-1----1---2----2-   |-1----1----1------1--|
G|-0----0---2----2-   |-2----2----0------0--|
D|-2----2---0----0-   |-3----3----2------2--|
A|-3----3----------   |-----------3------3--|
E|-----------------   |---------------------|

    Dm          G
   my girl     My girl  I've got

e|--1----------3--3-------------|
B|--3----------0--0-------------|
G|--2----------0--0-------------|
D|--0----------0--0-------------|
A|-------------2--2-------------|
E|-------------3--3-------------|


   C               F                  C                 F
  so       much  honey the bee's  envy me                         I've got

e|-------------   |-------------     |-------------    |------------- |
B|-------------   |-------------     |-------------    |------------- |
G|---------2-5-   |-------------     |---------2-5-    |------------- |
D|-----2-5-----   |---------0-3-     |-----2-5-----    |---------0-3- |
A|-3-5---------   |-----0-3-----     |-3-5---------    |-----0-3----- |
E|-------------   |-1-3---------     |-------------    |-1-3--------- |

   C                F                 C                 F
  a sweeter song   than the birds in the trees.                    Well,

e|-------------    |-------------    |-------------    |------------- |
B|-------------    |-------------    |-------------    |------------- |
G|---------2-5-    |-------------    |---------2-5-    |------------- |
D|-----2-5-----    |---------0-3-    |-----2-5-----    |---------0-3- |
A|-3-5---------    |-----0-3-----    |-3-5---------    |-----0-3----- |
E|-------------    |-1-3---------    |-------------    |-1-3--------- |

Repeate the chorus

CHORUS (strum):
  C         Dm          F        G
  I         guess       you'd    say,

e|-0----0---1----1-   |-1----1---3----3--|
B|-1----1---3----3-   |-1----1---0----0--|
G|-0----0---2----2-   |-2----2---0----0--|
D|-2----2---0----0-   |-3----3---0----0--|
A|-3----3----------   |----------2----2--|
E|-----------------   |----------3----3--|


  C        Am           F        G
  What can make me     feel this way?

e|-0----0---1----1-   |-1----1---3----3--|
B|-1----1---2----2-   |-1----1---0----0--|
G|-0----0---2----2-   |-2----2---0----0--|
D|-2----2---0----0-   |-3----3---0----0--|
A|-3----3----------   |----------2----2--|
E|-----------------   |----------3----3--|


  C        Am           F         C
  My girl, my girl,    my girl  Talkin' 'bout

e|-0----0---1----1-   |-1----1----0------0--|
B|-1----1---2----2-   |-1----1----1------1--|
G|-0----0---2----2-   |-2----2----0------0--|
D|-2----2---0----0-   |-3----3----2------2--|
A|-3----3----------   |-----------3------3--|
E|-----------------   |---------------------|

    Dm          G
   my girl     My girl      Oooooh

e|--1----------3--3-------------|
B|--3----------0--0-------------|
G|--2----------0--0-------------|
D|--0----------0--0-------------|
A|-------------2--2-------------|
E|-------------3--3-------------|


BREAK


BASS (+8va):
  Whooo!   Whoooooooooo!

e|------------- |------------- |
B|------------- |------------- |
G|-0------0---- |-0-----0----- |
D|------------- |------------- |
A|---3-3----3-3 |---3-3---3-3- |
E|------------- |------------- |

GUITAR:
    C               C

e|-------------  |------------- |
B|-------------  |------------- |
G|----------2-5  |----------2-5 |
D|------2-5----  |------2-5---- |
A|--3-5--------  |--3-5-------- |
E|-------------  |------------- |


   C               F               C              F
                        Hey, hey, hey!

e|-------------  |-------------  |-------------  |------------- |
B|-------------  |-------------  |-------------  |------------- |
G|---------2-5-  |-------------  |---------2-5-  |------------- |
D|-----2-5-----  |---------0-3-  |-----2-5-----  |---------0-3- |
A|-3-5---------  |-----0-3-----  |-3-5---------  |-----0-3----- |
E|-------------  |-1-3---------  |-------------  |-1-3--------- |


KEY CHANGE
Modulate up a whole step from C to D


   Dm               G               G              A
         Hey, hey, hey!                                     I don't

e|-1--1--1--1--  |--3--3--3--3-  |--3--3--3--3-  |-0-0-0-------|
B|-3--3--3--3--  |--0--0--0--0-  |--0--0--0--0-  |-2-2-2-------|
G|-2--2--2--2--  |--0--0--0--0-  |--0--0--0--0-  |-2-2-2-------|
D|-0--0--0--0--  |--0--0--0--0-  |--0--0--0--0-  |-2-2-2-------|
A|-------------  |--2--2--2--2-  |--2--2--2--2-  |-0-0-0-------|
E|-------------  |--3--3--3--3-  |--3--3--3--3-  |-0-0-0-------|

   D                G                D                D
  need no            money, fortune or fame                    I've got

e|-------------   |-------------   |-------------   |-------------|
B|-------------   |-------------   |-------------   |-------------|
G|---------4-7-   |-------------   |---------4-7-   |---------4-7-|
D|-----4-7-----   |---------2-5-   |-----4-7-----   |-----4-7-----|
A|-5-7---------   |-----2-5-----   |-5-7---------   |-5-7---------|
E|-------------   |-3-5---------   |-------------   |-------------|

   D               G                 D               D
  all the riches, baby, one man can claim

e|-------------   |-------------   |-------------   |-------------|
B|-------------   |-------------   |-------------   |-------------|
G|---------4-7-   |-------------   |---------4-7-   |---------4-7-|
D|-----4-7-----   |---------2-5-   |-----4-7-----   |-----4-7-----|
A|-5-7---------   |-----2-5-----   |-5-7---------   |-5-7---------|
E|-------------   |-3-5---------   |-------------   |-------------|


CHORUS in D (strum):
   D       Em           G       A
   I       guess        you'd   say,

e|-2---2---0---0---   |-3---3---0---0---|
B|-3---3---0---0---   |-0---0---2---2---|
G|-2---2---0---0---   |-0---0---2---2---|
D|-0---0---2---2---   |-0---0---2---2---|
A|---------2---2---   |-2---2---0---0---|
E|---------0---0---   |-3---3---0---0---|


   D       Em           G       A
  What can make me     feel this way?

e|-2---2---0---0---   |-3---3---0---0---|
B|-3---3---0---0---   |-0---0---2---2---|
G|-2---2---0---0---   |-0---0---2---2---|
D|-0---0---2---2---   |-0---0---2---2---|
A|---------2---2---   |-2---2---0---0---|
E|---------0---0---   |-3---3---0---0---|

  D        Bm           G         D
  My girl, my girl,    my girl  Talkin' 'bout

e|-2---2---2---2--   |-3---3---2---2----|
B|-3---3---3---3--   |-0---0---3---3----|
G|-2---2---4---4--   |-0---0---2---2----|
D|-0---0---4---4--   |-0---0---0---0----|
A|---------2---2--   |-2---2------------|
E|----------------   |-3---3------------|


    Em
   my girl
e|--0------|
B|--0------|
G|--0------|
D|--2------|
A|--2------|
E|--0------|


DESCENDING SCALE:
Now instead of the lead guitar, the entire orchestra starts repeating chords
 and a scale until the song fades to silence.  In case you're performing 
this, I've set up a closing chord instead of the fade.  I've also included a 
lead-guitar style melody in case you're not comfortable with barre chords.


MELODY:
    A    G     Bm    A7    D
                Talkin' 'bout my girl

e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|--2-2-----------------------|
D|-------5-5---4-4---2-2------|
A|-------------------------5--|
E|----------------------------|


OR

BARRE CHORDS:
    A     G     Bm    A7    D
                Talkin' 'bout my girl

e|--5--5--3--3--2--2--0--0--2--|
B|--5--5--3--3--3--3--2--2--3--|
G|--6--6--4--4--4--4--0--0--2--|
D|--7--7--5--5--4--4--2--2--0--|
A|--7--7--5--5--2--2--0--0-----|
E|--5--5--3--3--------0--0-----|

(Strum freely)
   D                   Em                     Em
I've got sunshine on a cloudy day       with my girl.

e|-2---2---2---2---   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|
B|-3---3---3---3---   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|
G|-2---2---2---2---   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|
D|-0---0---0---0---   |-2---2---2---2---   |-2---2---2---2---|
A|-----------------   |-2---2---2---2---   |-2---2---2---2---|
E|-----------------   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|


    A    G     Bm    A7    D
I've even got the month of May

e|--5--5--3--3--2--2--0--0--2--|
B|--5--5--3--3--3--3--2--2--3--|
G|--6--6--4--4--4--4--0--0--2--|
D|--7--7--5--5--4--4--2--2--0--|
A|--7--7--5--5--2--2--0--0-----|
E|--5--5--3--3--------0--0-----|


(Strum freely)
   D                   Em                     Em
with my girl.         Talkin 'bout, talkin' 'bout, talkin' 'bout

e|-2---2---2---2---   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|
B|-3---3---3---3---   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|
G|-2---2---2---2---   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|
D|-0---0---0---0---   |-2---2---2---2---   |-2---2---2---2---|
A|-----------------   |-2---2---2---2---   |-2---2---2---2---|
E|-----------------   |-0---0---0---0---   |-0---0---0---0---|

    A    G     Bm    A7    D
 my girl.

e|--5--5--3--3--2--2--0--0--2--|
B|--5--5--3--3--3--3--2--2--3--|
G|--6--6--4--4--4--4--0--0--2--|
D|--7--7--5--5--4--4--2--2--0--|
A|--7--7--5--5--2--2--0--0-----|
E|--5--5--3--3--------0--0-----|


(Strum freely)
   D                   Em      (slow down)       Em                      D (Let ring)
Ooh, my girl.         That's all I can       talk about is my            girl.

e|-2---2---2---2---     |-0---0---0---0---     |-0-------0-------     |--2---------------||
B|-3---3---3---3---     |-0---0---0---0---     |-0-------0-------     |--3---------------||
G|-2---2---2---2---     |-0---0---0---0---     |-0-------0-------     |--2---------------||
D|-0---0---0---0---     |-2---2---2---2---     |-2-------2-------     |--0---------------||
A|-----------------     |-2---2---2---2---     |-2-------2-------     |------------------||
E|-----------------     |-0---0---0---0---     |-0-------0-------     |------------------||

FIN!

            
            
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hughfuve 84 Feb 26, 2016 04:48 PM, edited at 09:48 pm

######## CORRECTION #########The Am here in the chorus is a Dm7 not Am######## CORRECTION #########
BASS INTRO (+8va):e|------------- |------------- |B|------------- |------------- |G|-0------0---- |-0-----0----- |D|------------- |------------- |A|---3-3----3-3 |---3-3---3-3- |E|------------- |------------- |GUITAR INTRO: C C I've gote|------------- |------------- |B|------------- |------------- |G|----------2-5 |----------2-5 |D|------2-5---- |------2-5---- |A|--3-5-------- |--3-5-------- |E|------------- |------------- |
C F C F sunshine on a cloudy day Whene|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |B|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |G|---------2-5- |------------- |---------2-5- |------------- |D|-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |A|-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |E|------------- |-1-3--------- |------------- |-1-3--------- | C F C F it's cold outside, I've got the month of Maye|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |B|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |G|---------2-5- |------------- |---------2-5- |------------- |D|-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |A|-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |E|------------- |-1-3--------- |------------- |-1-3--------- |
CHORUS (strum): C Dm F G I guess you'd say,e|-0----0---1----1- |-1----1---3----3--|B|-1----1---3----3- |-1----1---0----0--|G|-0----0---2----2- |-2----2---0----0--|D|-2----2---0----0- |-3----3---0----0--|A|-3----3---------- |----------2----2--|E|----------------- |----------3----3--|
C Dm7 F G What can make me feel this way?e|-0----0---1----1- |-1----1---3----3--|B|-1----1---2----2- |-1----1---0----0--|G|-0----0---2----2- |-2----2---0----0--|D|-2----2---0----0- |-3----3---0----0--|A|-3----3---------- |----------2----2--|E|----------------- |----------3----3--|
C Dm7 F C My girl, my girl, my girl Talkin' 'boute|-0----0---1----1- |-1----1----0------0--|B|-1----1---2----2- |-1----1----1------1--|G|-0----0---2----2- |-2----2----0------0--|D|-2----2---0----0- |-3----3----2------2--|A|-3----3---------- |-----------3------3--|E|----------------- |---------------------| Dm G my girl My girl I've gote|--1----------3--3-------------|B|--3----------0--0-------------|G|--2----------0--0-------------|D|--0----------0--0-------------|A|-------------2--2-------------|E|-------------3--3-------------|
C F C F so much honey the bee's envy me I've gote|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |B|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |G|---------2-5- |------------- |---------2-5- |------------- |D|-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |A|-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |E|------------- |-1-3--------- |------------- |-1-3--------- | C F C F a sweeter song than the birds in the trees. Well,e|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |B|------------- |------------- |------------- |------------- |G|---------2-5- |------------- |---------2-5- |------------- |D|-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |-----2-5----- |---------0-3- |A|-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |-3-5--------- |-----0-3----- |E|------------- |-1-3--------- |------------- |-1-3--------- |Repeate the chorusCHORUS (strum): C Dm F G I guess you'd say,e|-0----0---1----1- |-1----1---3----3--|B|-1----1---3----3- |-1----1---0----0--|G|-0----0---2----2- |-2----2---0----0--|D|-2----2---0----0- |-3----3---0----0--|A|-3----3---------- |----------2----2--|E|----------------- |----------3----3--|
C Dm7 F G What can make me feel this way?e|-0----0---1----1- |-1----1---3----3--|B|-1----1---2----2- |-1----1---0----0--|G|-0----0---2----2- |-2----2---0----0--|D|-2----2---0----0- |-3----3---0----0--|A|-3----3---------- |----------2----2--|E|----------------- |----------3----3--|
C Dm7 F C My girl, my girl, my girl Talkin' 'boute|-0----0---1----1- |-1----1----0------0--|B|-1----1---2----2- |-1----1----1------1--|G|-0----0---2----2- |-2----2----0------0--|D|-2----2

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hughfuve 84 Feb 26, 2016 04:50 PM

this correction messed up..

i just wanted to say, the Am in the chorus is labelled wrong., it's a Dm7 and even tabbed as such.

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