Learn How to Play Get Ready
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.
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.
Get Ready – Step 1
Performed by The Temptations, it was released in 1966 and made it to the number 1 spot in the R & B charts.
Go to Get Ready step 1.
Get Ready – Step 2 (Free Preview)
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
Following this, we look at some ideas for creating a completely new part.
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Get Ready – Step 4
First practice the two TAB examples exactly as written, then build your own variations.
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Get Ready – Step 5
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
Seeing the fret board and theory like this is the key to mastering the guitar.
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Get Ready – Step 7
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
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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Before the Songbook recordings, Ella pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.
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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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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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Early hits like My Girl were produced by Smokey Robinson, later they ventured into a more psychedelic soul with Papa Was A Rolling Stone.
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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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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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