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Today I'll be teaching you one of the all-time great love songs, the R&B classic, "Tracks of My Tears" as made famous by the soulful Smokey Robinson.

This is an easy beginner song, using simple chords with a cool groove and great lyrics.

While this song is easy to play, it also gives us the opportunity to explore some interesting rhythmic features: the use of syncopation, as well as a dynamic use of triplets.

Using 4 common chords and what I call the "basic strum", you will be up to speed and having a good time with this song quickly.

Knowing the form or structure of your song allows you to play with more accuracy and comfort. It always helps to know where you are going before you get there!

INTRO 8 bars
VERSE 8 bars
CHORUS 8 bars (plus 1st end - 2 bars)
CHORUS 8 bars (plus 2nd end - 3 bars)
BRIDGE 9 bars
CHORUS and outro

We're looking for a clean, steady rhythm guitar for this song. We really want to keep in mind that we are part of the band here. We want to listen and lock in with the other instruments so that we can lay down a great groove to support the distinctive melody of the vocals.

We’ll be playing in 4/4 time, in the key of G major and at a tempo of 96 BPM.