You Can’t Hurry Love Guitar Lessons and Backing Track

You Can’t Hurry Love

Live Band Backing Track

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You Can’t Hurry Love Guitar Lesson and Backing Track

How to play You Can’t Hurry Love

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 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 pentatonic scales.

After practicing all sections individually, I play the full song from beginning to end, in an improvised way and give you the TAB for it. 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 Bb.


||: Bb :||


| Bb | Bb | Eb  Bb | Bb |

| Dm  Gm | Gm | Eb  F | F |


| Dm | x4  | Gm | x4 | Eb | x4 |

| F | F | F7 | F7 |

Change the chord shapes – Maintain the rhythm

The best thing ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ teaches you is to maintain a repetitive rhythm as the chords change.

By playing the same rhythm for every chord, you create a meditative part which is really easy for the listener to absorb. Essential for songs that are going to be played on the radio for decades to come.

As you practice the song, ensure that all transitions between the bridges and choruses are played with authority.

If you can play the song in an improvised way, meaning, you change the chord shapes as you go along, still maintaining the set rhythm, you are on your way to mastering the guitar fretboard.

The best way to achieve this is to play along with the live band backing track loops that you get in the course.

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You Can’t Hurry Love – Lyrics

I need love, love, to ease my mind
I need to find, find, someone to call mine
But mama said
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
She said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take

For complete lyrics, go to You Can’t Hurry Love 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.

The Supremes – Biography

The Supremes are the most successful American vocal group of all time.

Lead by Diana Ross, they delivered number #1’s like ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, ‘Baby Love’, ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, and ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’.

After the worldwide success in the 60s, Diana managed to stay on top for another two decades.

To find out more, go to The Supremes 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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