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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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I find the ploddy rhythm hymn-like. Something religious-sounding about the changes. It’s actually fun to play because the chords are doing all the work, so you don’t have to play complicated melodies or bass lines. This is not funk. Just make sure the chord progression is played slightly ‘swung’, that is, not on the beat

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