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Published on August 26, 2013, by Ivy Ngeow in Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder’s famous tune needs a good rhythm section. Be funky, latin or both. Tip #1 Watch the syncopation on all the bars too. Tip #2 Use of ascending whole tone scale in thirds. See my tutorial on the theme tune from Sex and the City to hear whole tone scale: Tip #3 See my

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Tip #1 Perfect if you have a keyboard and can play this using the harpsichord sound. This is a great tune by one of my favourite bands. The intro is in both 6/8 time and 7/8 time but that sounds harder than it really is. If you can master the intro, you’ve pretty much nailed

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Tip #1 This is easy if you are already experienced in playing Latin or Jazz or better still, Latin Jazz. Or else you will screw up the rhythm section. Learn by playing very slowly at first when you are practising. You will still be just in time to wow your audience at your Christmas party.

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Seemingly tick tock classic bossanova rhythm, but you will find it naturally hard to keep up if you have never played funk, soul, latin, jazz or all three of these genres. If you are singing and playing it’s even harder, but if you are just focussing on one instrument it’s not too bad.