Get Ready chords by The Temptations


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Get Ready | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 | D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||

Verse 1

||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 | D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||
I never met a girl who makes me feel the way that you do (you’re alright).
Whenever I’m asked who makes my dreams real I say that you do (you’re outta sight).
So fee di fi, fo di dum. Look out baby ’cause here I come.

Chorus 1

| F5 | Bb | G5 | C |
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready.
| F | Bb7omit3 | Gm | C |
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come.
| D | D G5 F5 | D | D G5 F5 |
(Get ready ’cause here I come) I’m on my way (Get ready ’cause here I come).

Verse 2

||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||
If you wanna play hide and seek with love let me remind you (It’s alright).
The loving you’re gonna miss and the time it takes to find you (It’s outta sight).
So twiddle-dee-dee twiddle dee dum. Look out baby ’cause here I come.

Chorus 2

| F | Bb | G | C |
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready.
| F | Bb | G | C |
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come.
| D | D G5 F5 | D | D G5 F5 |
(Get ready ’cause here I come) I’m on my way (Get ready ’cause here I come).

Solo

||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||
| G A | G A | G A G | Bb A G |

Verse 3

||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||
All of my friends shouldn’t want you to, I understand it (Be alright).
I hope I’ll get to you before they do, the way I planned it (Be outta sight).
So twiddle-dee twiddle-dee dum. Look out baby ’cause here I come.

Chorus 3

| F | Bb | G | C |
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready.
| F | Bb | G | C |
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come.

Outro

||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||
(Get ready ’cause here I come, now) I’m on my way.
(Get ready ’cause here I come, now) Thinking of staying.
(Get ready ’cause here I come, now).


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Get Ready’s chords and progressions (course preview)

Get Ready 8 step by step guitar lessons

Let’s take a look at Get Ready‘s chords, they’re not diatonic which gives the blues riff an edge.

The verse riff is based around a D minor pentatonic which at the end gets a G and F chord to fatten up the last two notes.

If this was diatonic, those two chords would be Gm and F but that’s not what they play in the original recording, they play two major chords, G and F. On the guitar, I’ve found that power chords work best, so neither minor nor major.

Above, you find a preview lesson that discusses how to play this verse riff all over the neck.

It comes complete with play-along TAB loops that you can use to practice with. Here’s the TAB for the example 1:

Get Ready chords and TAB. Verse example 1

Notice how the chords G and F are power chords, with the root above the 5th!

Here’s example 2, now we play only the root for the G and F chords. There’s also a little lick at the end.

Get Ready chords and TAB. Verse example 2

In example 3, we have gone up the octave, it looks like this:

Get Ready chords and TAB. Verse example 3

Example 4 is first using power chords, then Hendrix-esque bends, very nice!

Get Ready chords and TAB. Verse example 4

Finally, example 5 is played in the Em shape, and that little lick from example 3 is back.

Get Ready chords and TAB. Verse example 5

Use the TAB loops in the playlist above to learn all these five verse examples.

The chorus chords are almost diatonic to the relative major of Dm, the key of F. The movement is I – IV – IIx – V. Only the G is outside the key, again, it’s not a Gm but a G, like this:

||: F | Bb | G | C :||

In the course, to get the most from this, we first learn Get Ready’s chorus chords in all CAGED shapes so you can play them in an improvised way, moving freely around the fretboard, decorated with Hendrix-esque fills.

For the solo, we copy what the strings and the sax play on the original recording.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Get Ready 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Get Ready was written for a dance craze!

Get Ready is a single written by Smokey Robinson, but performed by The Temptations.

Originally written for a dance craze, it quickly gained a life of its own, having all the right ingredients for a smash hit.

Motown had a second hit with the song for their band Rare Earth in 1970, Ella Fitzgerald covered it very well too.

Since the original release in 1966, plenty of TV ads have been synced with the song and few Motown/Soul weekend warrior bands leave this one off the setlist.


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