Learn How To Play Rescue Me
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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In the course & Complete song
Rhythm guitar parts using slides and pentatonic licks
This is the first song in the course so we start with making sure you can play all CAGED chords, all over the neck.
When you can play all the chords in all shapes, the next step is to decorate the chords with some slides and licks.
When sliding into a chord you create tension. How fast you slide in or how many strings you use from what shape, is best discovered by improvising over the live band backing track.
Similarly, when adding more rhythms and pentatonic licks, you create excitement. This too should be practiced with the band, not in isolation, in order to really find out what the best part is.
We’ll do all this in the course.
The chord progression of Rescue Me may appear simple at first glance, there is actually a very clever key change in there.
||: A | D :|| D C#m Bm A | E |
||: A | D | G | Em :||
Rescue Me – Step 1
Before we look at how to play each section in detail, let’s have a listen to the complete song and study a Bars and Beats chart.
Go to Rescue Me Step 1.
Rescue Me – Step 2
To develop a good guitar part for it, you must ensure you can play these two chords anywhere on the neck. Let’s practice with the band.
Go to Rescue Me Step 2.
Rescue Me – Step 3
Pair this with A and D and you have the complete progression for the verse of Rescue Me to play with the band on a loop.
Go to Rescue Me Step 3.
Rescue Me – Step 4
To work out what chords we can play instead of just the melody, we must harmonise the A major scale.
Go to Rescue Me Step 4.
Rescue Me – Step 5
I’ve made five custom-made exercises for this, see them as an introduction to learning the Major Pentatonic.
Go to Rescue Me Step 5.
Rescue Me – Step 6
Remember this is still an exercise, keep exploring that fretboard!
Go to Rescue Me Step 6.
Rescue Me – Step 7
And don’t forget to play the turnaround both as a melody, as well as chords.
Go to Rescue Me Step 7.
Rescue Me – Step 8
If you practiced well, you could do this in an improvised way, picking out different chord shapes as the song moves along.
Go to Rescue Me Step 8.
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It took her 28 years until she got paid, but it wasn’t in royalties for writing the song.
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These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
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.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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