Intermediate Electric Guitar Songs

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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 and The Ronettes.

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. Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

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.

Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

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 first play the chorus chords all over the neck before I show you how to construct your own chorus part.

When the solo comes along we take the original sax and string ideas and put them on the guitar.

Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

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.

Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

Preview video lessons: I Heard It Through The Grapevine


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.

On the original, the main guitar riff stays as the rest of the band moves from F to Bb. This has not been maintained on most cover versions.

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 actually 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.

The good news is that when playing like this, you can still use your barre chord shapes and pentatonic scales as the framework when you map out the fretboard.

Preview video lessons: My Guy


Respect

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

After over 80+ of members-only videos, TAB, and live band loops practice, you play the complete song with the band.

Preview video lessons: Respect


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.

Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

Preview video lessons: Rescue Me


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!

As one of the most famous songs of its time, this is a must to learn if you want to play with a soul band.

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.

Finally, you get the play the entire song with a live band.

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.

Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

Preview video lessons: You Can’t Hurry Love