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Lesson notes

California Girls was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It was recorded and released by the Beach Boys in 1965 on the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 8 different triads used in the song. Several of them are played with an added 7 so we’ll talk about how to do that. There is also one chord that is played with a bass note other than the root – so we will cover slash chords. As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. In the song specific techniques section, we’ll spend time on the introduction, the rhythms of the various parts of the song, the signature instrumental bridge, and the Outro.