Learn How to Play Can I Get A Witness
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band
Switching quickly between barre chords
The best thing about learning Can I Get A Witness is that you’ll learn all your Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, and Bb chords all over the neck.
To achieve this we must, step by step work on all our barre chord shapes in each area of the neck.
Instead of doing this like a boring exercise to a metronome, in the course, you learn these chords by learning how to play Can I Get A Witness – at the same time. All exercises are practiced along with live band loops.
The chord progression is played in the key of Eb and switch quickly between chords as the bass stays on the root.
To avoid writing a million chords, I’ve just called it Eb riff and so on.
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :||
| Eb riff x4 | Ab riff x2 | Eb riff x2 |
| Bb | Bb A | Ab riff | Eb riff x2 |
Occasionally, we add an extra Bb and play a Major Pentatonic lick at the end of this progression.
Can I Get A Witness – Step 1
Before we dive into how to play the main riff, let’s have a listen to the complete song and map out the arrangement.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 2 (Free Preview)
Then start improvising.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 3
To create a sus4 chord, we need to start with finding the 3rd, then replace it with a 4th one fret up.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 4
Before you start flying around the fret board, picking these chord shapes out like it was the easiest thing in the world, make sure you’ve checked each example in detail.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 5
As you’ve seen, some chord shapes don’t work as well. Because of this, you only get three examples, not five.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 6
Practicing to the loop, you’ll soon be able to do it all in an improvised way.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 7
Spend up to half an hour playing along with me, preparing yourself for playing the song on your own.
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Can I Get A Witness – Step 8
Ensure you play in an improvised way, as in, you don’t plan where on the neck you play the chord riffs.
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Ah listen everybody (everybody), especially you girls (especially you girls)
Is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say
But I believe, I believe, that a woman should be loved that way
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Holland Dozier Holland
Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.
Marvin’s biggest hits include I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Can I Get A Witness, and What’s Going On.
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The Funk Brothers
The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles and the band found a note on the hit factory door.
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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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