Respect Guitar Lessons and Backing Track


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Respect Guitar Lesson and Backing Track

Learn how to play Respect

In the step by step course, I’ll first take you through how to create a guitar part for each section of the song, all over the neck.

By doing this, you’ll be able to improvise your rhythm parts and licks, rather than memorize them.

Take this approach to play guitar and you’ll be listening and adjusting your guitar parts to the band you’re playing with.

It also means you’ll get great at writing parts for original songs as you’re always exploring the neck to find new parts.

After exploring how to play ‘Respect’ in three lessons, you finally play the entire song with the band.

Chord progressions

The verse chord progression is similar to that of a blues’ V – IV movement.

||: G7 | F :||

The chorus is also blues influenced, this time the I – IV movement.

||: C7 | F7 :||

The solo moves to a new key.

F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
F#m | F#m | G7 | G7 |

The breakdown section pivots from C to F and back via a Bb.

||: C Bb | F Bb :||

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Playing Respect’s Sax Solo on the guitar

It took a while to work out what the sax plays on the original record, the end result wasn’t easy, but it was well worth it!

There as so many lessons to learn here involving note choices, articulation and timing.

In the course, I spend a very long time dissecting how this solo is constructed and the many things you can learn from it and sax players in general.

The lessons come complete with video tutorials, plenty of TAB and four different live band loops to practice along with.

As an introduction to “playing over changes”, I find it hard to think of a better example than learning how to play the sax solo form Respect on the guitar.

Related Pages

Respect – Lyrics

(Oh) What you want
(Oh) Baby, I got it
(Oh) What you need
(Oh) Do you know I got it?
(Oh) All I’m askin’

For complete lyrics, go to Respect lyrics.

Aretha Franklin – Biography

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Considered by most critics and peers as the greatest singer of all time.

Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal in 1960, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s emerging label Motown.

Unfortunately for Motown, Aretha’s dominant father/manager had other ideas.

To find out more, go to Aretha Franklin 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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