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How to Play The Joker by Steve Miller Band Chords on Guitar

The Joker is a classic rock song by Steve Miller Band, released in 1973 as the lead single from their album of the same name. The song is known for its catchy chorus, where Steve Miller sings “I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner, I play my music in the sun”. The song also features some humorous lyrics, such as “Some people call me Maurice, cause I speak of the pompitous of love”.

The Joker is a simple and fun song to play on guitar, as it only uses four basic chords: G, C, D, and D7. In this article, we will show you how to play The Joker by Steve Miller Band on guitar, with chord diagrams, strumming patterns, and tips.

Chord Diagrams

The first thing you need to know is how to play the four chords used in The Joker: G, C, D, and D7. Here are the chord diagrams for each chord:

[Intro]
 
G  C  D  C  x2
 
G
 
 
[Verse]
 
G    C                         D           C   G
Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
G    C                         D           C   G
Some call me the gangster of love
G    C               D                     C
Some people call me Maurice
        G            C             D       C    G
Cause I speak of the pompitous of love
 
 
[Verse]
 
G    C                         D           C   G
People talk about me, baby
G    C                         D           C   G
Say I'm doin' you wrong, doin' you wrong
G    C                         D           C   G
Well, don't you worry baby Don't worry
G    C                         D           C   G
Cause I'm right here, right here, right here, right here at home
 
 
[Chorus]
 
            G
Cause I'm a picker
       C
I'm a grinner
       G
I'm a lover
           C             G
And I'm a sinner
          C             D    C
I play my music in the sun
 
        G
I'm a joker
       C
I'm a smoker
       G        C
I'm a midnight toker
G            C                D     D7
I sure don't want to hurt no one
 
 
[Verse]
 
G                    C
You're the cutest thing
 D                  C   G
That I ever did see
G                    C
I really love your peaches
 D                    C   G
Want to shake your tree
G               C               D                C   G
Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
G               C               D                C   G
Ooo-eee baby, I'll sure show you a good time
 
 
[Chorus]
 
            G
Cause I'm a picker
       C
I'm a grinner
       G
I'm a lover
           C             G
And I'm a sinner
          C             D    C
I play my music in the sun
 
        G
I'm a joker
       C
I'm a smoker
       G        C
I'm a midnight toker
G            C                D     D7
I sure don't want to hurt no one
 
            G
Cause I'm a picker
       C
I'm a grinner
       G
I'm a lover
           C             G
And I'm a sinner
          C             D    C
I play my music in the sun
 
        G
I'm a joker
       C
I'm a smoker
       G        C
I'm a midnight toker
G            C                D     D7
I sure don't want to hurt no one
 
Wooo Woooo
 
 
[Verse]
 
G    C                         D           C   G
People keep talking about me baby
G    C                         D           C   G
They say I'm doin' you wrong
G    C                         D           C   G
Well don't you worry, don't worry, no don't worry mama
G    C                         D           C   G
Cause I'm right here at home
 
 
[Verse]
 
G    C                         D           C   G
You're the cutest thing I ever did see
G    C                         D           C   G
Really love your peaches want to shake your tree
G    C                         D           C   G
Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
G    C                         D           C   G
Come on baby and I'll show you a good time

Strumming Pattern

The next thing you need to know is how to strum the chords in The Joker. The song has a simple and steady strumming pattern that goes like this:

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D D U D U D U

D = downstroke U = upstroke

You can also add some accents on the second and fourth beats to give the song some groove. The strumming pattern with accents would look like this:

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D D U D U D U >

Chord Progression

The last thing you need to know is how to put the chords and the strumming pattern together to play The Joker. The song has a simple chord progression that repeats throughout the verses and choruses. The chord progression is:

G C D C x2 G

Each chord lasts for one measure (four beats), except for the last G chord, which lasts for two measures (eight beats). Here is how the chord progression looks like with the strumming pattern:

G C D C G C D C G
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D D U D U D U D D U D U D U D D U D U D U D D U D U D U > > > > > > > > > >

G
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D D U D U D U D D U D U D U > > > >

You can also add some variations to the chord progression by playing different versions of the chords. For example, you can play G7 instead of G, Cadd9 instead of C, or Dsus4 instead of D. You can also play some embellishments on the chords by adding or removing some fingers. For example, you can hammer-on or pull-off your index finger on the first fret of the B string when playing C or Cadd9.

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