You Can’t Hurry Love

Learn How To Play You Can’t Hurry Love

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band

Change the chord shapes – Maintain the rhythm

The best thing You Can’t Hurry Love teaches you is how to maintain a repetitive rhythm as the chords change.

By playing the same rhythm for every chord, you create a meditative part which is really easy for the listener to absorb. Essential for songs that are going to be played on the radio for decades to come.

As you practice the song, ensure that all transitions between the bridges and choruses are played with authority.

When you can play the song in an improvised way, meaning, you change the chord shapes as you go along, still maintaining the set rhythm, you are on the right track to mastering the guitar.

The easiest and best way to achieve this is to play along with the TAB loops in the course, methodically working your way through the fretboard for every section of the song.

Chord progression

The chord progression is played in the key of Bb.


||: Bb :||


| Bb | Bb | Eb  Bb | Bb |

| Dm  Gm | Gm | Eb  F | F |


| Dm | x4  | Gm | x4 | Eb | x4 |

| F | F | F7 | F7 |

Guitar Lessons

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 1

Written in 1966 by Motown’s songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, You Can’t Hurry Love went straight to #1 in the Billboard charts.

Sixteen years later, Phil Collins recorded it in a different key and again put it back at the #1 spot, this time in the U.K.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 1.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 2 (Free Preview)

I want you to be able to play the chorus progression anywhere on the neck as this will make it more enjoyable playing the song.

You could in this way keep changing it every time you play it.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 2.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 3

In this lesson, we take an in-depth look at the verse.

It is actually the same as the chorus you learned last time, just played with a different rhythm.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 3.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 4

In this lesson, we learn how to turn a major barre chord into a dom7 chord, no matter where we are on the neck.

We do this in preparation for playing the bridge in the next step.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 4.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 5

Today we take a look at the bridge section of You Can’t Hurry Love.

This section ends with that F to F7 movement you practiced last time.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 5.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 6

Today we recap all three sections by playing them one after another.

Following this, you will be well on your way to play the full song.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 6.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 7

To be as methodical as we have been really is a great idea when you learn any song.

It gives you the freedom to play around with the chords and rhythms, rather than having one set part.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 7.

You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 8

This is the last lesson in which we work on You Can’t Hurry Love.

Use what you’ve learned in previous steps to construct a part that you feel works for this song. Or, why not just improvise!

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 8.

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I need love, love, to ease my mind
I need to find, find, someone to call mine
But mama said
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love lyrics.

The Funk Brothers

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were 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.

Go to The Funk Brothers biography.

Holland Dozier Holland

Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie and Brian Holland was Motown’s main songwriting team in the hit factory during the 60s.

Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.

Go to Holland-Dozier-Holland biography.

The Supremes

The Supremes are the most successful American vocal group of all time.

Lead by Diana Ross, they delivered number #1’s like Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, and You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

Go to The Supremes biography.


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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