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"My Sweet Lord" is a classic pop tune by former Beatle George Harrison. The acoustic guitar part starts solo and then serves as the only accompaniment to the vocal for the first part of the song. This is a made easy version to help beginner guitarists play along with the band on a great classic tune.

It's crucial that we are able to hold down a strong rhythm as everything rests on our guitar part. It's equally important to be able to sustain our part when the rest of the band comes in, about 1/2 way through the song.

This song is in the key of E major but was recorded with a capo on the 2nd fret so we'll be using a capo and play D major chord shapes, which includes some barre chords. If you’re not up to speed on barre chords GT has lots of tutorials aimed at teaching them to you so you can eventually play along with this and many other tunes that use these essential guitar techniques.

This song employs a steady, upbeat strum that alternates between 2 distinct patterns. Understanding how to count, and how to control directionality are crucial to this lesson. Check out my tutorial on Better Strumming if you need to work on your technique before learning this song!

Our song starts out with the signature intro, then launches straight into a chorus, verse, chorus, verse pattern.

We hit the bridge, and there is a modulation or key change from D to E which keeps things interesting! There’s also a tricky little change involving a diminished chord & B7 on the way to the key of E.

Songwriters take note, this is a neat arrangement device to give some variety to an otherwise basic chord progression & song structure. We play out of E major for the rest of the song.

The primary purpose of the guitar in this tune is to accompany the vocal story. So you have dig in & get all those chords under your fingers with the correct strumming pattern in order to keep things rolling & provide a steady foundation for the vocal part!

If you are interested in working on your barre chords, and playing a sophisticated rhythm, this is a GREAT song for you! We'll call this version of "My Sweet Lord" played in D major because of the capo & played in 4/4 time at a tempo of 120 BPM.