Rescue Me Guitar Lessons and Backing Track

Rescue Me

Live Band Backing Track

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Rescue Me Guitar Lesson and Backing Track

Learn how to play Rescue Me

This is the first song you’ll learn in the course. The chord progression is so repetitive that we must move around the neck, using different chord shapes to build tension.

In the step by step course, I’ll go through each section of the song in detail, providing you with plenty of ideas for how to construct your own guitar part.

There are four lessons and nine videos with plenty of TAB and loops to practice along to.

Step by step, you’ll learn not just how to play the song, but also how to map out the fretboard with barre chords and pentatonic scales.

After practicing all sections individually, I play the full song from beginning to end, in an improvised way. This way you can see all the ideas and concepts applied.

The final stage is for you to play with the band.

Chord progression

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 :||

The verse progression doesn’t have only chords from the key of A, it temporarily switches to a different key.

Find out more about this, as well as how to play all the chords, all over the neck in the course.

Rhythm guitar parts using slides, extra rhythms, and pentatonic licks

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 when you sign up for the course.

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Rescue Me – Lyrics

Rescue me, take me in your arms
Rescue me, I want your tender charm
‘Cause I’m a lonely and I’m blue
I need you and your love too
Come on and rescue me

For complete lyrics, go to Rescue Me lyrics.

Fontella Bass – Biography

Fontella Bass spent a large amount of her life chasing a royalty check she never received for her million-selling smash hit ‘Rescue Me’.

It took her 28 years until she got paid, but it wasn’t in royalties for writing the song. Instead, she managed to get $50.000 from a lawsuit against American Express, who used it in a TV ad.

To find out more, go to Fontella Bass 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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