New Song: Stupid Girl

Posted on February 14, 2020

Let’s learn this hit alternative pop song! You’ll notice it has a slightly unusual musical mood, with lots of bluesy 7th chords, dark vocals, and a key change before the chorus. These are all quite unexpected for a modern pop song, and help give it a distinctive edge.

“Stupid Girl”, made famous by Garbage, is now available in Yousician for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Singing.

Stupid Girl for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar

Melody exercise (level 5) – Here, you’ll be playing the main vocal and instrumental melodies in the song. It’s quite a workout for your pinky finger, so start slow and learn one section at a time to build your finger stamina.

Fancy chords exercise (level 6) – Here, you’ll play the main chords of the song, using some fancy 7th chords (and a capo if you have one). If you don’t know some of the chords, try reviewing them before playing the song – remember most of them will be a variation on a basic major or minor chord, e.g. D7 is a variation on D, and G7 is a variation on G.

Stupid Girl for Bass
by: Antti Halmetoja, Bass content specialist

In the basic bassline exercise (level 1) you’ll practice moving from the E-string to the A-string and back. The bassline stays mostly on the two thickest strings, but there are a couple of jumps to the D-string to look out for.

Full bassline exercise (level 4) – This is the originally recorded bassline. The hypnotic bass riff may be the most significant element of this cool nineties song. Lock into the groove, and enjoy the ride!

Stupid Girl for Ukulele
by: Joona Hasan, Music Education Designer for Ukulele

In the melody exercise (level 4) you’ll be playing the meandering melody sung by Shirley Manson. There’s quite a lot of syncopation, so stay focused!

In the chords exercise (level 4) you’ll be playing along with the jangling guitars and thumping rhythm section. Even though some of the chords might be new, they’re easy to get under your fingers since there’s a lot of repetition and the strumming itself is very consistent.

Stupid Girl for Singing
by: Sonja Patrikainen, Music Education Designer for Singing

This song has a steady sense of rhythm, but pay attention to the melody. Something happens at the end of both verses – the melody jumps higher quite suddenly, and the chorus has some details in the melody that might surprise you. You can switch to practice mode to get to know the song at your own pace first! That way you’ll learn to anticipate the sudden changes and think ahead.

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