Son Of A Preacher Man Guitar Lessons and Backing Track

Son Of A Preacher Man

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Son Of A Preacher Man Guitar Lesson and Backing Track

Learn how to play Son Of A Preacher Man

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

There are four lessons and nine videos as well as TAB, and live band loops to practice along to.

Step by step, you’ll learn not just how to play the song, but also map out the fretboard with fractions of barre chord shapes and pentatonic scale shapes.

After demonstrating all sections individually, including many alternative parts, 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

‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ starts in the key of E, then modulates to A.


E | A E | E ||: B7 :||x4 or x3


||: | A E :|| E B | A |


| D D | A | | B | B7 | E | E7 |

Chorus NEW KEY

||: A | D A :|| A E | D |

Son Of A Preacher Man and 6 chords

The chord progression you saw above for ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ is simplified.

I haven’t included all the quick extensions that appear as chord licks. You need the full TAB for that to make sense.

Over the E chord, a 6 is often played. The 6th of an E is the note C#. This is the 3rd of an A chord.

As the progression moves between E and A, adding the 6 to the E, blends the two chords together.

Over the B chord, the 6 is used again, it is now the note G#, the 3rd of an E chord.

As you enter the M8 section, 6 chords are used on almost every chord, carrying the concept forward over a new progression.

You get all the TAB, loops and in-depth explanations when you learn ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ in the course.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Lyrics

Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son and when his daddy would visit he’d come along
When they gathered around and started talkin’
That’s when Billy would take me walkin’
Out through the back yard, we’d go walkin’
Then he’d look into my eyes

For complete lyrics, go to Son Of A Preacher Man lyrics.

Dusty Springfield – Biography

Dusty Springfield is the 60s and 70s singer from London U.K who was a big part of bringing American R&B and soul to the U.K

Her most famous songs include ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’, ‘Spooky’, ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, and ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’.

To find out more, go to Dusty Springfield 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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