You can learn how to play Get Ready by The Temptations!
Get Ready is a single by The Temptations.
It was originally written for a dance craze, but quickly gained a life of its own, having all the right ingredients for a smash hit.
Since the original release in 1966, many well know artists have covered it, plenty of TV ads have been synced with the song and few Motown/Soul weekend warrior bands leave this one off the setlist.
Motown actually had a second hit with the song for their band Rare Earth in 1970.
If you want to jam with or join a soul band, Get Ready is a must to have on the repertoire.
To get the most from this, learn Get Ready’s chords in all shapes so you can play it in an improvised way, moving freely around the fret board. The same goes for the minor pentatonic riff, keep moving it around the fret board.
Get Ready chords and lyrics
The verse is a riff using the D Minor Pentatonic scale. Above this is shown as a combination of the lower part of a Cm shape and the upper part of an Am shape. Both these areas are used. Later on, it’s also played in the Em and Gm shapes.
Most of the chords are 5 chords, should you want to add actual chords, they would be D, G, and F. Not Dm, Fm, and Gm which would be easy to believe as the riffs scale is minor.
This blend of minor and major is what gives Get Ready its bluesy feel.
||: 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.
The chorus is very simple, it’s just a: I – IV – II – V in the key of F. Should you only use two strings to play the chorus, depending on what shapes you use, different parts will produce different extensions.
Below, chorus 1 is displayed with lyrics. The chords shown below are what I play during this particular chorus. For chorus 2, I play using different shapes, the extensions will then change.
This is best explained using TAB, which you get in the course.
| 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).
The chorus tag is the same as the verse.
||: D riff | D riff G5 F5 :||
First, you should play through all shapes for these chords so you don’t limit yourself to anywhere on the fretboard.
In the intermediate electric guitar course, I’ll give you all the TAB you need for this and even live band loops to practice with. Finally, I’ll show you how to create and develop your own parts for the chorus.
Get Ready sax and strings solo on the guitar
The solo is a written part, starting with sax and then followed by a fast string line.
Instead of improvising a solo, I decided to work out what the sax and strings actually did, then find a way to play that on the guitar.
The sax uses a glissando technique, which is impossible to perfectly emulate, but using fast pull-offs, we can get close.
The strings are fast legato lines using 16th notes played over three notes per string. This can be difficult as it’s easy to slip into playing triplets.
Because these are two unusual techniques, I wrote exercises for them that when practiced slowly will get you to a point where you can play this at tempo.
Learning to play solos by other instruments than the guitar is a great way to widen your horizons. Another example of this is found later o in the course when we play the sax solo for Respect.
Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)
In the video above, starting at 2:43, you find a preview of Get Ready’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.
In this step, we work on the main riff and how we can play it in different areas of the neck as well as vary the riff. There’s TAB available below showing you all five examples.
In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band, first, you must practice each example in isolation, then start moving freely around the fretboard.
Get Ready – Guitar Lessons
To get the most from playing Get Ready, we move that verse riff around the fretboard and vary it in execution.
For the solo, we copy what the strings and the sax play on the original recording.
Go to Get Ready guitar lessons.
Get Ready – Lyrics
I never met a girl who makes me feel the way that you do,
Whenever I’m asked who makes my dreams real I say that you do,
(you’re outta sight).
Go to Get Ready lyrics.
Ella Fitzgerald – Biography
Ella Fitzgerald released 61 studio albums and 25 live albums between 1936 and 1989. Crowned the First Lady Of Song, she is recognized for performing and recording most of the Great American Songbook.
Before this, she pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.
Go to Ella Fitzgerald – Biography.
The Funk Brothers – Biography
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.
Smokey Robinson – Biography
Smokey was a huge part of Motown’s success. Partly with his band The Miracles, but he also wrote and produced a big part of Motown’s legendary catalog.
Robinson’s hits include Shop Around, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, The Tears of a Clown, My Guy, My Girl, and Get Ready.
Go to Smokey Robinson – Biography.
The Temptations – Biography
The Temptations are a five-piece vocal group that has been active since 1960. After the original five members, another nineteen singers have come and gone.
Early hits like My Girl were produced by Smokey Robinson, later they ventured into a more psychedelic soul sound with Papa Was A Rolling Stone.
Go to The Temptations – Biography.
Intermediate Electric – 13 Songs
You can learn how to play these 13 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.
Go to Intermediate Electric Songs.
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