Intermediate Electric Guitar Songs

Learn to play Motown/Soul songs

Live Band Backing Tracks

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Play famous songs with a live band

Preview the Electric Songs from the Intermediate Course

When playing songs on the electric guitar, we must learn all our barre chords in order to build rhythm parts. We must also learn our pentatonic scales so we can incorporate licks and play solos.

In the intermediate electric guitar course, we do just that – at the same time as we learn songs!

As you practice playing chord shapes and creating licks along to live band loops, there is no need for any boring exercises to a metronome.

Upon completion, you will not just have mapped out the fretboard and gained an understanding of how to create a guitar part. You will also have gained yourself a Soul/Motown repertoire.

To find out more about each song, follow the links below.

Be My Baby

‘Be My Baby’ is an early ‘wall of sound production’ by Phil Spector.

When playing this with a band, we need to create a big sounding guitar part to compensate for the lack of an orchestra.

In the course, we practice each section over live band loops as we explore the guitar neck and create our own, unique guitar part.

Preview video lessons: Be My Baby

Can I Get A Witness

‘Can I Get A Witness’ is a fast blues format song in the key of Eb.

Over each chord in a blues, you quickly switch between three chords, creating an energetic riff.

In the course, we practice each riff over loops as we learn to play it in every area of the neck.

Preview video lessons: Can I Get A Witness

Get Ready

‘Get Ready’ is a song that moves from a repetitive Minor Pentatonic verse riff to a simple four-chord chorus progression.

In the course, we’ll play both the verse and chorus all over teh neck. When the solo comes along, we take the original sax and string ideas and put them on the guitar.

Preview video lessons: Get Ready

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ is a Motown classic with a very clever chord progression. All chords are as if from the key of Eb with just one chord being different, the Eb is a minor.

In the course, I’ll talk you through all sections one by one using video lessons, TAB, and live band loops.

Preview video lessons: I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Jimmy Mack

Jimmy Mack is a song written by Motown’s main songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. Commissioned especially for Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, this is a classic Motown hit.

In the course, we discuss how you can substitute instead of extending chords to create more interesting sounds.

Preview video lessons: Jimmy Mack

Master Blaster (Jammin’)

‘Master Blaster’ is a song released on the Motown label, but unusually played in a Reggae feel. Written by Stevie Wonder, it is a tribute to Bob Marley.

In the course, I’ll break it down for you and give you live band loops to practice along with. Before you know it, you’ll be Jammin’!

Preview video lessons: Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Money (That’s What I Want)

‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ is a song written by Motown Record Executive Berry Gordy. First performed by Barrett Strong, it has since been covered by many.

As you learn this in the course, I’ll show you several ways you could play this song, including how to improvise a solo.

Preview video lessons: Money (That’s What I Want)

My Guy

My Guy was an early Motown hit from Mary Wells who was the first female Motown star.

Using more jazz-influenced harmony and playing, when you learn this song you’ll get an introduction to “playing over changes” as the licks use new scales for each chord.

Preview video lessons: My Guy

Rescue Me

‘Rescue Me’ has a simple but very clever chord progression. Learn how to play it all over the neck and you’ll be able to improvise the rhythm part.

In the course, you’ll learn how to add pentatonic scales to build licks, slide into chords, add extra rhythms and move between chord shapes to add excitement to your part.

Preview video lessons: Rescue Me


‘Respect’ is probably the most famous soul song ever recorded. Breaking up the standard blues chord progression we play G7 – F7 during the verse and C7 – F7 during the chorus.

The biggest showpiece of the song is the sax solo, in the course we learn how to play it note for note on the guitar.

Preview video lessons: Respect

Son Of A Preacher Man

‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ was first recorded and released by Dusty Springfield in 1968. Since then, few artists have recorded their version, however, most have probably had it on their setlist more than once!

In the course, I take you through all sections individually before you get the play the entire song with a live band.

Preview video lessons: Son Of A Preacher Man

Soul Man

‘Soul Man’ is a song first recorded and performed by Sam & Dave. The band behind them was the legendary Booker T and The MG’s.

Steve Cropper was a member of this Stax house band. In the course, we study not only what Steve did on the record but also in various live performances and even different keys.

Preview video lessons: Soul Man

You Can’t Hurry Love

‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ has a great chord progression using only chords from the key of Bb. By starting some of the chords earlier than expected, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ gets its famous bouncy feel.

In the course, you’ll get step by step instructions on how to play each section of the song using members-only video lessons, loops, and TAB.

Preview video lessons: You Can’t Hurry Love

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