The Greatest Singer Of All Time
Biography and Guitar Lessons
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Aretha Franklin must have been considered as the one that got away by Berry Gordy who did try to sign her to his record label, Motown.
Born in Detroit and with a gospel singing father that managed her from an early age, Motown seemed like the natural choice.
However, Aretha’s father rejected Berry in 1960 as he didn’t believe the label was big enough for his daughter. Instead, he signed her to Columbia in 1961.
Aretha stayed with Columbia for five years without achieving any major success. By now, Motown was huge and some regret may have been in her father’s mind. Nevertheless, late 1966 Aretha signed for Atlantic records.
Just a few months later the following year, she went to a studio in Alabama that also had developed a house band, just like Motown had.
Set in Alabama, the house band strangely wasn’t made up of an all-black cast like Motown’s Funk Brothers were, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was all white.
After spending only one day in the studio, after a hefty argument, the session was over before it seemingly had begun.
Still, one song had been recorded this day and was quickly released. It became her first top ten hit. The tune was I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You).
This would serve as the starting point for Aretha’s incredible worldwide success.
Following her first hit, Aretha released Respect, Chain Of Fools, Think, I Say A Little Prayer, and Rock Steady.
It’s probably impossible to find a female soul singer that doesn’t hold Aretha in the highest possible regard. Her influence is so important to the genre she personifies it.
In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her as #1 on their list of 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.
Acoustic Guitar Lessons
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 1 (Free Preview)
Out of all 8 steps, this is by far the most difficult. It is also the most complex lesson so far in this course.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 2
Now we’re dealing with chord II and VI mainly. The rhythm is super repetitive and you could even make up your own variations.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 3
Ironically, it looks the most complicated if you focus on the chord names. In the video lesson, I talk about why these chords have the names they do.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 4
Still, the verse strumming is difficult. Try copying me in detail as well as just playing along, not worrying too much about it.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 5
This is definitely not easy as they have the same notes!
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 6
Having something to say certainly helps, although to get on the radio, you got to hit the correct intervals as well…
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 7
Start by playing as the TAB show and I explain in the video lesson, then try varying it.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 8
Use the 2nd guitar part ideas you learned in the last step as your foundation. Every time you play it again, modify it.
Electric Guitar Lessons
Respect – Step 1
After an unsuccessful session at legendary Muscle Shoals studios, Otis decided to record it himself and then again with Aretha Franklin.
Go to Respect step 1.
Respect – Step 2 (Free Preview)
In order to find a good part for the verse, we must explore the fret board using different shapes and try the different rhythms we find on the original recording.
Go to Respect step 2.
Respect – Step 3
Using six different rhythms we explore all five areas of the neck.
Go to Respect step 3.
Respect – Step 4
Only four examples to work through in this step. Hopefully, after this, it’ll all come together for you.
We have four bars of a chorus, followed by six bars of verse to play around with.
Go to Respect step 4.
Respect – Step 5
You never know, there may be a sax player on your gig, that way you won’t have to play the solo!
Go to Respect step 5.
Respect – Step 6
I would have liked another week of practice time, to be honest!
Go to Respect step 6.
Respect – Step 7
So if you aim to play exactly what I did, I’m flattered, but really, to build your own variations is the way forward.
Go to Respect step 7.
Respect – Step 8
You don’t have to play what I did, aim to find something that you’re happy with after playing it twelve times. Who knows, maybe you’ll even try again tomorrow.
Go to Respect step 8.
Chords and Guitar Lessons
Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the key of A.
Chords and Guitar Lessons
The biggest showpiece of the song is the sax solo, in the course we learn how to play it note for note on the guitar.
Go to Respect lyrics.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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