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I Heard It Through The Grapevine is one of the quintessential songs from Berry Gordy’s Motown movement, as well as one of its biggest hits. It has been recorded by numerous artists but the Marvin Gaye version is clearly the standard by which all others are measured.

In this lesson we look at how I would accompany a singer. The guitar needs to combine the bass, keyboard , and percussive parts, as well as fill in the background vocal vamp at the end of the chorus. We even throw in a short interlude, trying to imitate the string section before the third verse.