Today we’ll have fun with a song by Milow, Ayo Technology. Milow is a Belgian singer. The song we’re going to study is clearly what made him break through the charts even though he was a bit known in Belgium before.
There’s a funny story about this song. You might be aware that it’s actually a cover from 50 cents. In fact, Milow was asked by a radio station to produce a bit extreme cover for a show. He came up with that idea, which became a big hit afterwards.
1. Simple pattern…
The song is quite simple, three chords only. You can play it with or without a capo, but I really recommend you one as it’s easier to play, and that’s the way Milow plays the song.
The chords are: E Minor, D and C. That’s it. If you’re a beginner, I will teach you a way to play the song with really basic strumming. If you’re a more advanced player, don’t worry, we will also see the way Milow plays the song. It’s not that hard actually.
2. Let’s get to it!
The easy strumming first. You can play the song with a plectrum or with your fingers, but personally, I think it’s better with the thumb, if you want to get closer to the original sound.
So… The rhythm goes like this:
You can keep the rhythm for the whole song.
3. Variations on Ayo Technology
There are a few changes during the song.
The first one is at the very beginning, it’s after “have you lustin’ for her”, when Milow sings “go crazy face it”.
As a reminder:
Her money money, she makin’
Look at the way she shakin’
Make you want to touch her, wanna taste her
Have you lustin’ for her, goin’ crazy face it
When you’re at “Have you lustin’ for her”, you play the C Chord as usual. And after that, you make a slide with the same three fingers and stop two frets higher. You stay for one bar, and go back to C for two bars. And then, come back to E minor.
This is the only moment that you will see that.
There’s another change at the very end of the chorus before switching to the second verse, or before the bridge at this point:
I’m tired of using technology
I need you right in front of me
Really simple, when you sing “in front”, you switch to Dsus2. One down stroke. And then you go back to the usual E minor.
If you’re a more advanced player, I will teach you the way Milow does the song.
4. The way the artist plays it
The first thing you have to do is playing the sixth string with the thumb.
After that you hear a clinky noise in the song. To reproduce that sound, you have to mute the strings with your left hand (assuming you’re right-handed) and make a down stroke with your right hand (with a plectrum or whatever you like). And you can even hit the sound board or the sixth string at the same time with the palm of your hand. I think it’s more powerful that way.
Then you make an upward move with the thumb. Upward move again. Hit. Upward stroke. Thumb on the sixth string. And hit.
8 moves overall. For E Minor.
D is a bit different. The first down stroke is a Dsus2 (like a D without the middle finger). After that, you make an up stroke and play D Major. Instead of: Down – Hit, you make: Down – Up – Hit.
5. A variation on C.
For D and C Major, don’t hit just one string. Play at least two of them when you do the first down stroke with the thumb.
Why ? Because you don’t place all the fingers at the same time. Before playing the D chord, you play Dsus2 which resembles a lot D Major but without the middle finger. One down stroke.
And when you switch from D to C, you just put your index and the ring finger. It’s only while you make the first down stroke with the thumb that you will do a hammer-on with your major on the second fret of the fourth string, and that will sound like a C Chord.
This is the real tricky part of the song. The rest is quite simple.
For the bridge, you might have noticed that Milow doesn’t play guitar while he sings. What you can do is some drumming on your guitar following the rhythm of the original song. You can even do some tapping if you’ve learned how to do that.
Playing solo? Maybe you want to find a different way to end the song. I actually watched a video by Milow playing Ayo Technology in his bathroom. I know. That sounds a bit weird. But it’s a great live version anyway…
What he does is ending with a bit of finger picking instead of strumming. I think it’s a nice way to end the song, if you’re alone. It’s up to you to decide if you do it or not.
7. The alternative.
Also, there’s another way to play the song. Take the capo off your fingerboard. And play barre chords instead of open chords.
Here are the chords for you:
B Minor (7th Fret) – A Major (5th) – G Major (3rd)
8. To conclude…
That’s it for Ayo Technology’s lesson. You can also learn the following Milow songs:
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