Guitar lesson for
My My, Hey Hey
Lyrics w/ chords
(Tune down a whole step to play with Neil Young: DGCFAD) INTRO E ||–––––––0–0–––––––––––3–3–3–––––––––––0–0–––0–0–0–0–––0–0–––––0–0–0–– B ||–––––––1–1–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––1–1–––1–1–1–1–––1–1–––––1–1–1–– G ||–––––––2–2–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––2–2–––2–2–2–2–––2–2–––––2–2–2–– D ||–––––––2–2–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––––––3–3–––3–3–3–3–––3–3–––––3–3–3–– A ||–––0–––––––0–2–3–––––––––––2–0–––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––(3)––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Am G Fmaj7 VERSE Am G Fmaj7 ...My my, hey hey Am G Fmaj7 ...Rock and roll is here to stay C Em7 Am Fmaj7 ...It's better to burn out.... than to fade away Am G Fmaj7 ...My my, hey hey (repeat intro riff) (use same chords for all verses below) Out of the blue and into the black They give you this, but you pay for that And once you're gone you can never come back When you're out of the blue and into the black The king is gone, but he's not forgotten This is the story of a Johnny Rotten It's better to burn out than it is to rust The king is gone, but he's not forgotten Hey hey, my my Rock and roll can never die There's more to the picture than meets the eye Hey hey, my my
Tune down a whole step to play with Neil’s version
To play along with Neil Young’s version (e.g., on Rust Never Sleeps) you’ll need to tune your guitar down one whole step (DGCFAD). However, in my video lesson above, I’m staying in standard tuning to keep things easy.
How to play the chords
E ||–––0––––3––––0––––0––––0–––– B ||–––1––––0––––1––––1––––3–––– G ||–––2––––0––––2––––0––––0–––– D ||–––2––––0––––3––––2––––2–––– A ||–––0––––2–––––––––3––––2–––– E ||––––––––3––––––––––––––0–––– Am G Fmaj7 C Em7
I’m a bit torn on this – do you copy Neil, or use your own pattern? He’s so lose with his strumming, I’m hesistant to try to quantify it into a single pattern. Here’s what I recommend to start with – do with this what you will:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U D U
Use that for all verses and refrains, no matter what chord you’re playing. For example:
Am G Fmaj7 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U D U D D D U D U D D D U D U D D D U D U
C Em7 Am Fmaj7 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U D U D D D U D U D D D U D U D D D U D U
How to learn the riff
Start with the chords and strumming
First, learn these chords and understand the timing (e.g., Am for one measure, G for one measure, Fmaj7 for 2 measures). I also recommend practicing strumming here, whether you want to keep it simple or be loose and free like Neil.
E ||–––0–––––––––––––-–3–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––– B ||–––1–––––––––––––-–0–––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––– G ||–––2–––––––––––––-–0–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– D ||–––2–––––––––––––-–0–––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––– A ||–––0–––––––––––––-–2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||–––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Am G Fmaj7 Fmaj7 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Adding lead notes, but keeping it simple
Next, add some of the foundational lead notes as shown below. If this is tough for you, stick to this simplified tab (below) and take it slow. Watch my video and listen to Neil for reference. This tab below omits some of the strummy nuance, just to help get you through the front door. A final note: it may be easier to use all downstrums at this stage, for the lead notes especially (i.e., the notes between the strums).
E ||–––––––0–––––––––––––––3––––––––––(0)––0–––0–0–0–0(0)––0–––0–0–0–0–– B ||–––––––1–––––––––––––––0––––––––––(1)––1–––1–1–1–1(1)––1–––1–1–1–1–– G ||–––––––2–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––2–––2–––2–2–2–2–2–––2–––2–2–2–2–– D ||–––––––2–––––––––0–––––0–––––––––––3–––3–––3–3–3–3–3–––3–––3–3–3–3–– A ||–––0–––––––0–2–3–––––––––––2–0–––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||–––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Am G Fmaj7 Fmaj7 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Advanced version with nuance
This is my attempt to tab it out exactly like Neil plays it. There’s a bit more strum nuance, and a bit more delicacy with the lead notes. Not shown in the tab below is the hammer-on that occur in the first note after the full G-chord strum (see my video for reference):
E ||–––––––0–0–––––––––––3–3–3–––––––––––0–0–––0–0–0–0–––0–0–––––0–0–0–– B ||–––––––1–1–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––1–1–––1–1–1–1–––1–1–––––1–1–1–– G ||–––––––2–2–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––2–2–––2–2–2–2–––2–2–––––2–2–2–– D ||–––––––2–2–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––––––3–3–––3–3–3–3–––3–3–––––3–3–3–– A ||–––0–––––––0–2–3–––––––––––2–0–––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––(3)––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Am G Fmaj7 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Finally, here’s a modified version of the riff – the only difference between the lead phrase immediately after the G-chord strum (which can start off with a hammer-on as well).
E ||–––––––0–0–––––––––––3–3–3–––––––––––0–0–––0–0–0–0–––0–0–––––0–0–0–– B ||–––––––1–1–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––1–1–––1–1–1–1–––1–1–––––1–1–1–– G ||–––––––2–2–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––2–2–––2–2–2–2–––2–2–––––2–2–2–– D ||–––––––2–2–––––––0–––0–0–0–2–0–––0–––3–3–––3–3–3–3–––3–3–––––3–3–3–– A ||–––0–––––––0–2–3–––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––(3)––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Am G Fmaj7 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
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