Can I get A Witness
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Can I Get A Witness Guitar Lesson and Backing Track
Learn how to play Can I Get A Witness
In the step by step course, I’ll first take you through how to play each section, all over the neck.
There are four lessons and seven videos as well as TAB, and live band loops to practice along to.
Step by step, you’ll learn not just how to play the song, but also map out the fretboard with barre chords and Major Pentatonic scales.
After practicing all sections individually, I play the full song from beginning to end, in an improvised way. This way you can see all the ideas and concepts applied.
The final stage is for you to play with the band.
The chord progression is played in the key of Eb and switch quickly between chords as the bass stays on the root.
To avoid writing a million chords, I’ve just called it Eb riff and so on.
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :||
| Eb riff x4 | Ab riff x2 | Eb riff x2 |
| Bb | Bb A | Ab riff | Eb riff x2 |
Occasionally, we add an extra Bb and play a Major Pentatonic lick at the end of this progression.
Switching quickly between barre chords
The best thing about learning ‘Can I Get A Witness’ is that you’ll learn all your Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, and Bb chords all over the neck.
To achieve this, we must, step by step work on all our barre chord shapes in each area of the neck.
Instead of doing this like a boring exercise to a metronome, in the course, you learn these chords by learning how to play ‘Can I Get A Witness’ – at the same time.
Even the exercises in the course are practiced along with the live band!
Can I Get A Witness – Lyrics
Ah listen everybody (everybody), especially you girls (especially you girls)
Is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say
But I believe, I believe, that a woman should be loved that way
But it hurts me so inside, to see how you treat me so unkind
For complete lyrics, go to Can I Get A Witness lyrics.
Holland-Dozier-Holland – Biography
Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.
To find out more, go to Holland-Dozier-Holland biography.
Marvin Gaye – Biography
Marvin’s biggest hits include ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Can I Get A Witness’ and politically fueled ‘What’s Going On’.
To find out more, go to Marvin Gaye biography.
The Funk Brothers – Biography
The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles.
To find out more, go to The Funk Brothers biography.
These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
To see all lessons, go to the Intermediate Electric Guitar Course
‘Be My Baby’, ‘Can I Get A Witness’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Jimmy Mack’, ‘Master Blaster (Jammin’)’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, ‘My Guy’, ‘Rescue Me’, ‘Respect’, ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’, ‘Soul Man’, and ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’.
To preview each song, go to Intermediate Electric Songs
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