Money (That’s What I Want) Guitar Lessons and Backing Track

Money (That’s What I Want)

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Money (That’s What I Want) Guitar Lesson and Backing Track

Learn how to play Money (That’s What I Want)

In the step by step course, I’ll first take you through how to play each section, all over the neck.

On the original recording, the guitar plays its own riff and stay on it as the band moves from F to Bb. In cover versions of the song this rarely happens. What I ended up playing myself is a hybrid of all influences I got as I learned the song.

By being open like this I look for what the song wants in my particular band setup, rather than how to play what I copied and memorized.

Chord progression

The chord progression is similar to that of a blues, using stops in the verse, play through in the chorus.

||: F | F | F | F |

| Bb | Bb | F | F |

| C | Bb | F | C :||

The unique part about the main riff is two-fold. It uses both the minor and major 3rd in a Minor Pentatonic framework.

However, it also has a harmony that follows the bass line riff and uses all kinds of notes outside the F Minor Pentatonic.

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Fast picking techniques

Once you figured out what to play for the main F riff and over the Bb, there’s another tricky section coming up, the turnaround.

I’m talking strictly original version here with that quickly picked bass line. I love it but it’s not easy to play. I actually changed it to suit me better!

In the course, I’ll reveal the secret to quick and accurate picking, specifically related to this song as we isolate the rhythm and pair it with the chromatic exercise.

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Money (That’s What I Want) – Lyrics

The best things in life are free
But you can give them to the birds and bees
I need money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)

For complete lyrics, go to Money (That’s What I Want) lyrics.

Barrett Strong – Biography

Barrett Strong was the first artist on the Motown label to have a hit. The song was Money ‘(That’s What I Want)’. Performed by Barrett, it was written by the president of the label and a sign of what was to come.

As well as having his own solo career, Barrett also wrote the lyrics to many of Motown’s biggest hits, for example ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’.

To find out more, go to Barrett Strong biography.

Berry Gordy – Biography

Berry Gordy is the man behind the hit factory that was Motown. The idea behind the label came from working in a car factory.

Housing the label, the studio and a house band all in the same building proved to be a masterstroke as Berry set out to discover the greatest superstars of our time.

To find out more, go to Berry Gordy 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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