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13 intermediate electric songs
Electric Songs from the Intermediate Course
When playing songs on the electric guitar, we must learn all our barre chords in order to build rhythm parts. We must also learn our pentatonic scales so we can incorporate licks and play solos.
In the intermediate electric guitar course, we do just that – at the same time as we learn songs!
As you practice playing chord shapes and creating licks along to live band loops, there is little need for boring exercises to a metronome.
Upon completion, you will not just have mapped out the fret board and gained an understanding of how to create a guitar part. You will also have got yourself a Soul/Motown repertoire.
To find out more about each song, follow the links below.
1. Rescue Me
Improvising means to use pentatonic scales to build licks, slide into chords, add extra rhythms, as well as moving between chord shapes.
2. You Can’t Hurry Love
By starting some of the chords earlier than expected, You Can’t Hurry Love gets its famous bouncy feel.
3. Can I Get A Witness
Over each chord in a blues, you quickly switch between three chords, creating an energetic riff.
4. Be My Baby
When playing this with a band, we need to create a big sounding guitar part to compensate for the lack of an orchestra.
5. Soul Man
Steve Cropper was a member of this Stax house band. Let’s play it as Steve did!
6. Money (That’s What I Want)
As you learn this, I’ll reveal several ways you could play this song, including how to improvise a solo.
7. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
All chords are as if from the key of Eb with just one chord being different, the Eb is a minor.
8. Get Ready
When the solo comes along, we take the original sax and string ideas and put them on the guitar.
9. Son Of A Preacher Man
Since then, few artists have recorded their version, however, most have probably had it on their set list more than once.
10. My Guy
Using more jazz-influenced harmony and playing, when you learn this song you’ll get an introduction to “playing over changes” as the licks use new scales for each chord.
The biggest showpiece of the song is the sax solo, let’s learn how to play it note for note on the guitar.
12. Jimmy Mack
This song invites us to discuss how you can substitute instead of extending chords to create more interesting sounds.
13. Master Blaster (Jammin’)
In the course, I’ll break it down for you with live band loops to practice along with. Before you know it, you’ll be Jammin’.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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