Be My Baby chords

You can learn how to play Be My Baby by The Ronettes!

Be My Baby is a song by The Ronettes.

Released as a single in 1963, it was to become Phil Spector’s first big hit as a writer and producer, showcasing his “wall of sound” recording technique.

For most songs in the intermediate electric course, I would recommend using small chord shapes and choppy rhythms but not so when it comes to Be My Baby.

To get anywhere near the huge sounding soundscape of the original Phil Spector recording, you need big barre chord shapes and long, sweeping rhythms.

For effects, there’s delay, tremolo, and reverb. Experimentation is the mother of all inventions so do experiment with your effect pedals. As the band is playing relatively sparse, there’s lots of room for your guitar.

Since there is no real guitar part to copy from the original, first copy what I do, then develop it to make it your own.

When it comes to the solo, simply play the melody, adding some pentatonic licks.

In the course, you get a version of the song without my guitar so you can play with the band, enabling you to try what I played as well as experiment with your own ideas.

Be My Baby chords and lyrics

Chords for Be My Baby

The chord boxes provided above only show you one CAGED shape for each chord. As you find in the TAB examples below (course preview), we play all over the fret board when we play this song.

Being able to move around the fret board is what will enable you to construct new guitar parts. Be My Baby’s chords are a great starting point for improvising your guitar parts like this. Every time a chord comes up, aim to play it in a new shape!

The chord progression of Be My Baby is played in the key of E. The G#7 is outside the key, thinking in roman numerals, this is best described as an IIIx chord, a chord that should have been minor. The same is true for F#7 (IIx) and C#7 (VIx).

Here are the chords for the verse, shown with lyrics.

| E | E | F#m| B7 |
The night we met I knew I, needed you so.
| E | E | F#m| B7 |
And if I had the chance I’d, never let you go.

The bridge has almost only variations (x chords). Only the B7 comes with the key. This creates tension, perfect to build up for a chorus.

| G#7 | G#7 | C#7 | C#7 |
So won’t you say you love me, I’ll make you so proud of me.
| F#7 | F#7 | B7 | B7 |
We’ll make ’em turn their heads, every place we go.

The chorus chords are a classic I – VI – IV – V progression. This works really well, because of the tension the bridge had built up.

| E | E |
So won’t you please (Be my, be my baby).
| C#m | C#m |
Be my little baby (My one and only baby).
| A | A |
Say you’ll be my darlin’ (Be my, be my baby).
| B7 | B7 |
Be my baby now (My one and only baby). Wha-oh-oh-oh.

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the video above, starting at 2:51, you find a preview of Be My Baby’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

In this step, we work on how to play the verse. Use the video to play along with all three examples. You can also see the TAB for this below. In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band.

The aim is to get better at playing all CAGED shapes in an improvised way. Do this and you will get better at creating guitar parts, not just for Be My Baby, but for any song.

Be My Baby – Guitar Lessons

Each section of Be My Baby is relatively easy, as long as you practice to the loops.

The challenge lies within playing the verse, bridge, chorus and solo without getting stuck and making it all sound natural when you play with the band in step 8.

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Be My Baby – Lyrics

The night we met I knew I, needed you so.
And if I had the chance I’d, never let you go.
So won’t you say you love me,
I’ll make you so proud of me.

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Phil Spector – Biography

Phil Spector is a guitarist, record producer, and songwriter who found fame working with The Crystals, The Ronettes, Tina Turner, and The Beatles.

His biggest hits include River Deep, Mountain High, Unchained Melody, Be My Baby, The Long And Winding Road, My Sweet Lord, Let It Be, and Imagine.

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The Ronettes – Biography

The Ronettes are the 60s vocal group behind one of Phil Spector’s biggest wall of sound hits, Be My Baby.

The lead singer, Veronica Bennett, later known as Ronnie Spector, eventually married the eccentric producer who locked her up in his mansion.

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Intermediate Electric – 13 Songs

You can learn how to play these 13 intermediate electric 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.

Go to Intermediate Electric Songs.