Be My Baby

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.


Chord progression

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.

Verse

E | E | F#m| B7 |

Bridge

| G#7 G#7 | C#7 | C#7 |

| F#7 F#7 | B7 | B7 |

Chorus

| E | C#m | C#m |

| A A | B7 | B7 |


Guitar Lessons


Be My Baby – Step 1

In this lesson, we start working on Be My Baby, an early Motown smash hit produced by Phil Spector and performed by The Ronettes.

Before we get into building the guitar part, let’s have a listen to the complete song.

Go to Be My Baby step 1.


Be My Baby – Step 2 (Free Preview)

In this lesson, we learn how to play big barre chord shapes as we play the verse for Be My Baby.

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.

Go to Be My Baby step 2.


Be My Baby – Step 3

In this lesson, we work out what to play the bridge, it too uses big, arpeggiated chord shapes, just like the verse.

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.

Go to Be My Baby step 3.


Be My Baby – Step 4

Today we work out what to play the chorus. The progression is E – C#m – A – B. That’s a I – VI – IV – V progression.

Let’s learn it all over the neck so we can improvise up our favorite part.

Go to Be My Baby step 4.


Be My Baby – Step 5

Today we play all three sections you’ve learned so far in the verse, the bridge, and the chorus.

Your goal is to improvise up as many different parts as you can.

Go to Be My Baby step 5.


Be My Baby – Step 6

The step from playing chords with a couple of licks here and there to soloing isn’t as far as you may think.

If you swap the chord playing for playing a melody, but keep the licks, you’re soloing!

Go to Be My Baby step 6.


Be My Baby – Step 7

In this lesson, I’ll play the complete song with the band.

Playing along with me is a good way to prepare for playing the song on your own in the final step.

Go to Be My Baby step 7.


Be My Baby – Step 8

Today we finish off our study of Be My Baby as it’s your turn to play the song with the band.

Remember, explore that fret board – The longer you can keep improvising for, the better.

Go to Be My Baby step 8.


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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

Go to Be My Baby lyrics.


Phil Spector

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

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.

Go to Phil Spector biography.


The ROnettes

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 ended up taking her off a Beatles support tour only to lock her up in his mansion.

Go to The Ronettes biography.


Course

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.

Go to Intermediate electric guitar course.


Intermediate Electric Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the electric guitar.

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.


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