Temptations - My Girl tab

My Girl

As performed by the Temptations
Tabbed by G. Ludovici

I've included the bass intro, but raised it up an octive since a guitar with standard 
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 patern was similar and scale-like throughout the entire song.
During the chorus, strum the chords freely to fill out the sound.  The strums included 
a simplified suggestion.

TUNING NOTE:  If you play with the Temptations recording, you'll want to tune all of 
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 girle|--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. You can play the chords if you're comfortable with barre chords, or you can play the if you're more comfortable with that. 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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