Live Band Backing Track
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Get Ready Guitar Lesson and Backing Track
Learn how to play Get Ready
In the step by step course, I’ll first show you how to play the main riff all over the neck.
Not only is this a great idea when you eventually play the song, it also helps with visualization of the Minor Pentatonic on the fretboard.
As the chorus arrives, we move away from the D riff and play a very pop sounding chorus that uses the progression: F – Bb – Gm – C.
The contrast between the repetitive riff and the simple pop chorus is, in my opinion, the reason this song works so well.
In the course, we’ll discuss many ways to play both the verse and the chorus.
After three step by step lessons, it is your turn to play the song with the band.
The verse is really just a riff using the Dm pentatonic scale.
Should you want to add actual chords, they would be D, G, and F.
||: D | D G5 F5 :||
The chorus is very simple, it’s just a: I – IV – II – V in the key of F.
||: F | Bb | Gm | C :||
First, you should play through all shapes for these chords so you don’t limit yourself anywhere on the fretboard.
I’ll give you all the TAB you need for this and even live band loops to practice too. Finally, I’ll show you how to create and develop your own parts for the chorus.
Playing sax and string solos on the guitar
The solo is a written part, starting with sax and then followed by a fast string line.
Instead of improvising a solo, I decided to work out what the sax and strings actually did, then find a way to play that on the guitar.
The sax uses a glissando technique, which is impossible to completely emulate but using fast pull-offs, we can get close.
The strings are fast legato lines using 16th notes played over three note per string. This can be difficult as it’s easy to slip into playing triplets.
Because these are two unusual techniques, I wrote exercises for them that when practiced slowly will get you to a point where you can play this, just like I do in the video.
Learning to play solos by other instruments than the guitar is a great way to widen your horizons.
Get Ready – Lyrics
I never met a girl who makes me feel the way that you do (you’re alright)
Whenever I’m asked who makes my dreams real I say that you do (you’re outta sight)
So fee di fi, fo di dum. Look out baby ’cause here I come
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come
For complete lyrics, go to Get Ready lyrics.
The Temptations – Biography
Early hits like ‘My Girl’ were produced by Smokey Robinson, later they ventured into a more psychedelic soul with ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’. Now produced by Norman Whitfield.
To find out more, go to The Temptations 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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