Soul Man Guitar Lessons and Backing Track

Soul Man

Live Band Backing Track

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Soul Man Guitar Lesson and Backing Track

Learn how to play Soul 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 chords. In ‘Soul Man’ we especially get to know our D shape really well as it is used for the intro, chorus and instrumental sections.

Following practicing all sections individually, I play the full song from beginning to end and give you the TAB for it. 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 verse and outro chorus are vamping on a G and Ab chord.


G | F | Bb| C D |


F | G | G F | G | C D |


| Eb | Bb | C | D | Eb11 |


Ab | Gb | B| Db Eb |

Sliding D shapes

As a guitar teacher, one of my favorite things about ‘Soul Man’ is how it teaches you all the notes on the B string, without actually playing the B string!

It’s such a wonderful contradiction that makes sense only once you start playing ‘Soul Man’.

The intro, chorus and instrumental section all use sliding D shapes, without the root. As the song change key towards the end, you really get a great workout on how to see all those chords, all over the neck.

As if that wasn’t enough, should you play this song live, you might do so following the Blues Brothers version, which is in the keys of E and F.

In the step by step course, I show you several different ways you could play each section, this way you can design your own favorite way to play ‘Soul Man’ when you eventually play it with a live band.

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Soul Man – Lyrics

Coming to you, on a dusty road
Good loving, I got a truckload
And when you get it, you got something
Don’t worry, ’cause I’m coming
I’m a soul man

For complete lyrics, go to Soul Man lyrics.

Sam & Dave – Biography

Sam & Dave are a Soul duo that made their most successful recordings with Stax house band Booker T and The MG’s.

Two years before they would eventually part ways, The Blues Brothers were released in the cinema, the film gave their career one final boost. However, neither Sam or Dave seemed happy about it.

To find out more, go to Sam & Dave 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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