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Today we'll be learning the country anthem, "Take This Job and Shove It" as made famous by Johnny Paycheck. It's a working man's honkey tonkin' kind of song that we'll be playing in the key of F Major.

We'll use a capo on the first fret and play out of E Major, which offers us nice opportunities to walk and rotate our bass as we learn to kick a solid "boom chuck" ( or, boom-chick) strum. This is an easy, quarter note pattern, and a good chance to work on bass/ boom accuracy while maintaining a consistent strum/chuck at the same time. A good rhythm guitar player is concerned first with generating a seriously dependable strum pattern, with the correct bass for each chord, and a solid chord placement in the left hand, giving the listener the full benefit of the harmonic content that underpins the vocal. Once you can be counted on to execute with accuracy and continuity, it's time to consider decoration, in this case some bass walking. We'll think about how to count our boom chuck strum pattern, as it's crucial to understand and track/feel where you are in each bar of the song, which beats to emphasize, which beats lend themselves to decoration. So be ready to do some counting, one of the most neglected subjects in the study of rhythm guitar!

This song has a non-intro, with the vocal entering full bore and completely solo on the phrase that everyone has wanted to holler out at one time or another: "Take this job ..." soon to be followed by the band into what is actually the chorus of the song. It's not that unusual for a song to start this way, even though we generally expect the first verse to be the first thing that happens in the song. this song follows the songwriting motto, "Don't bore us, get to the chorus!" right out of the gate.

When the verse does hit, the feel of the song down shifts to a drums and bass driven shuffle. The vocal tone becomes conversational, as the singer tells the story of why he feels the way he does. there is pretty much NO guitar in the verses, which is an unusual challenge as a player. We will go ahead and learn the verses any way, in case you want to play your song solo. We'll look carefully at where and how we "get in" and "get out" when jamming along with our backing tracks. knowing the song form is crucial, whether or not you will not be playing in certain sections.

So, our form ends up looking like this:


We're in the key of E major playing at 137 BPM.

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Take This Job And Shove It