Can I Get A Witness Guitar Lessons and Backing Track

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.

Chord progression

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!

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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

Lamont Dozier and Brothers Eddie and Brian Holland was Motown’s main songwriting team in Motown’s hit factory during the 60s.

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 Gaye helped to shape the Motown sound as a drummer, session singer, writer, lead singer and producer in the 60’s and 70’s.

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

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were the Funk Brothers.

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.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

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


Learn how to play famous Motown & Soul songs.

‘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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