A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins
A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins is one of those songs that get stuck in your head and stay with you without you even realizing it was there in the first place. Originally written as a tribute to Iggy Pop, this track makes good use of minor chords, a vibraphone, and classic 90s melodrama.
Speaking of those minor chords, this tune is one of the best beginner songs for working on your minor chord grips! The original track uses a few barre minor chords – C and F minor, which are both played on the 8th fret, and G minor up on the 10th fret – but for this beginner’s version, we’re going to stick a capo on the 3rd fret and use the A, D, and E minor open chord grips. By using the capo, you should be able to play along with the original recording without a problem.
So, to start off, go ahead and keep the strumming pattern pretty simple and work on playing the chords properly and switching between them easily. Try to keep your chord changes on the beat, and once you’re confident there, you can incorporate the strumming pattern.
For this song, we’re going to use a tied strumming pattern. If you’d like a more detailed explanation of this pattern, check out the lesson I’ve done on it here. One tip, though – keep your arm moving! It’ll help you keep a consistent tempo, which certainly helps when dealing with tied rhythms.
There is a lead riff in there, as well, but try picking that one out on your own. It’s almost exactly a C minor pentatonic scale with a bonus note added in there somewhere, so it shouldn’t be too difficult. Still, it’s a nice bit of ear training.