Get Ready

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band

Playing sax and string solos 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 note per strings. 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.

Chord progressions

The verse is really just a riff using the Dm pentatonic scale.

Should you want to add actual chords, they would be D, G, and F.

||: D | D G5 F5 :||

The chorus is very simple, it’s just a: I – IV – II – V in the key of F.

||: F | Bb | Gm | C :||

First, you should play through all shapes for these chords so you don’t limit yourself anywhere on the fretboard.

I’ll give you all the TAB you need for this and even live band loops to practice too. Finally, I’ll show you how to create and develop your own parts for the chorus.

Guitar Lessons

Get Ready – Step 1

Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, Get Ready was originally written for a dance craze at the time.

Performed by The Temptations, it was released in 1966 and made it to the number 1 spot in the R & B charts.

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Get Ready – Step 2 (Free Preview)

First of all, you must try playing the riff in all positions. Not only will this teach you to play the riff better, but you’ll also manifest the Minor Pentatonic scale in your hands.

Moving a riff around like this is a much better idea than just practicing the scale up and down.

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Get Ready – Step 3

To master the chord progression of the chorus, first, we play the chords I – IV – II – V on a loop up and down the neck.

Following this, we look at some ideas for creating a completely new part.

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Get Ready – Step 4

Now that you know the verse and the chorus, let’s put them together and as we do, let’s explore options for that chorus tag.

First practice the two TAB examples exactly as written, then build your own variations.

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Get Ready – Step 5

Today we prepare to steal the sax solo and copy what the strings play during the solo section of Get Ready.

These two tasks come with pretty complicated techniques so before we get to that, I’m gonna give you some technical exercises.

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Get Ready – Step 6

When you visualize the string line, see each shape like this: A Major Pentatonic, add the 4 and b7, start on the 3rd of the scale.

Seeing the fret board and theory like this is the key to mastering the guitar.

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Get Ready – Step 7

In this step, I play the complete song from beginning to end. Using the complete TAB, play along with me, aiming to play the same or similar licks.

When you feel ready, move on to the next step where it’ll be your turn to play with the band.

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Get Ready – Step 8

Spend at least half an hour playing the song on a loop. The longer you can experiment with what you’re playing, rather than settle on a part, the better.

Get Ready is a Motown classic you’re very likely to come across should you join or jam with a soul band.

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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
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready

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Ella Fitzgerald

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 the Songbook recordings, Ella pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.

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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.

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson is a huge part of Motown’s success. Not only was he an artist with many hits in his own band The Miracles, but he also wrote and produced a massive part of Motown’s 60s catalog.

Smokey’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.

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The Temptations

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 with Papa Was A Rolling Stone.

Go to The Temptations 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.

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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.

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