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Adam Rafferty – “I Want You Back” – Jackson 5 – Solo Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar


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Hope you enjoy this one. I love this tune, another 70s soul tune by The Jackson 5. The arrangement is brand new…but since I was practicing over and over I figured what the heck…video time!!!

Little Michael Jackson is singin’ his butt off on this! Listening to the original puts a BIG smile on my face…I hope I can pass the smile on to YOU.

I played this song on a Cole Clark Fat Lady Guitar (FL 2AC), and recorded audio on a Studio Projects C3 Mic into Digital Performer.

Enjoy, and contact me anytime!!!!

– Adam

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Adam Rafferty. Fingerstyle Guitarist. Recording and Concert Artist. Meditator. Philosopher. Lover of Groove.

18 thoughts on “Adam Rafferty – “I Want You Back” – Jackson 5 – Solo Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar

  1. GENIUS! keep it up. pls more mj and J5

  2. Hey Adam, interesting, how long you can be without your guitar ? :)) too bad you cant post anymore at youtube.. 😦

  3. Thanks Adam, you inspired me to estart doing solos again…. Thanks.

  4. I mean to say… Start…. ( got to get some sleep)

  5. Hello Adam, I love your style.
    Do you have a DVD teaching this style of playing?
    Im thinking that getting the DVD of arrangements might really help me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I play some jazz and fingerstyle blues but nothing like your Stevie Wonder arrangements.

    I wish you many great tours and a lifetime of beautifuls harmonies.


    • Frank!

      Funny you should ask. I am shooting my JACKSON 5 intructional DVD tomorrow, and this song – I WANT YOU BACK will be on it. The tabs will come with the book.

      Join my mailing list – and the DVD should be announced in early to mid August…

      All the best!


  6. Great,
    I look forward to the J5 DVD. In the meantime I am going to order the Stevie Wonder DVD.

  7. Hey Adam!
    I was wondering if you could help try and create an acoustic fingerstyle version for this song I love. I’ve tried for 2 years and barely have 4 bars, and figured if anyone can do it, it’s you! (not the best song to work with, I admit)

    And great work been learning your newsletter songs for a while now 😀

  8. Totally Impressed! Love it all, I play fingerstyle but (different style. I wish I could buy your tablature But I’m more a Kind of watch and listen sort of guy plus living my lifestyle doesn’t lead well top getting Mail. So, I’ll just have to watch and listen and figure it out. So far ….got most or Superstition but it’s hard to see what your doing sometimes. You blow me away man thanks for just doin it. And if you get a chance , take a look at my website you can do a gig on the boat anytime anywhere!

  9. Just curious Adam,
    Did you reshoot these? I checked out your vids back when MJ passed and your videos don’t look the same, quality and sound wise a little different, I don’t remember seeing the mic either. And I seemed to have a vision of you wearing a fedora in one of your MJ songs , I don’t know maybe I might be wrong. But I have a feeling, since your changing things and all. Your a talented fella, you have a good thing going, something different for a change.

  10. This is absolutely fantastic– and inspiring. You do really great work, and I love picking up tips from your play style.

  11. Nice! You make it seem so natural! Great work!

  12. if you start using vimeo, u can pretty much post anything u want and there won’t be any copyright stuff, by the way THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD ON GUITAR i cant stop listening to it.

  13. Adam,
    I heard your arrangement of Superstition on my XM several months ago, scribbled your name down and then lost track.
    Found you again on the internet yesterday.
    My musical passions are bass and 6 string fingerpicking. I ‘m 60, so I’ve heard a lot, and these days it’s really nice to see and hear something that jazzes me musically. Thanks so much for the musical gift you share–I can’t wait to dig into some of this.

  14. Fucking amazeballs, good man Adam. Keep it up, mate!

  15. Hey Adam….what I love about your playing is that you love playing as much as we love to listen when you play.

    Great seems like a big understatement!

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