Learn How to Play Be My Baby
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band
Big barre chord shapes on the electric guitar
For most songs in this style, I would recommend using small chord shapes and choppy rhythms, not so when it comes to Be My Baby.
To get anywhere near the huge sounding soundscape of the original Phil Spector recording, I decided to use 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, the band is playing relatively sparse so there’s lots of room for the 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.
The chord progression of Be My Baby is played in the key of E. The G#7 is outside the key, best described as an x chord.
| E | E | F#m| B7 |
| G#7 | G#7 | C#7 | C#7 |
| F#7 | F#7 | B7 | B7 |
| E | E | C#m | C#m |
| A | A | B7 | B7 |
Be My Baby – Step 1
Before we get into building the guitar part, let’s have a listen to the complete song.
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Be My Baby – Step 2 (Free Preview)
As the song is in the key of E, we can take advantage of open strings. This will help when trying to create a wall of sound.
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Be My Baby – Step 3
Be My Baby really is a great example of classic songwriting. The chord progressions, the structure, it’s like the ABC of how to write a song.
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Be My Baby – Step 4
Let’s learn it all over the neck so we can improvise up our favorite part.
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Be My Baby – Step 5
Your goal is to improvise up as many different parts as you can.
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Be My Baby – Step 6
If you swap the chord playing for playing a melody, but keep the licks, you’re soloing!
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Be My Baby – Step 7
Playing along with me is a good way to prepare for playing the song on your own in the final step.
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Be My Baby – Step 8
Remember, explore that fret board – The longer you can keep improvising for, the better.
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Go to Be My Baby lyrics.
His most famous tunes 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 lead singer, Veronica Bennett, later known as Ronnie Spector, eventually married the eccentric producer who ended up taking her off a Beatles support tour only to lock her up in his mansion.
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These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
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.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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