Intermediate Electric Guitar Songs

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You can learn how to navigate the fretboard by studying these Motown/Soul songs in-depth!

When playing songs on the electric guitar, we must learn all our CAGED barre chords in order to build rhythm parts all over the fretboard.

We must also develop these CAGED chord shapes into pentatonic scales so we can incorporate licks and play improvised 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 of every section of each song, there is little need for boring exercises to a metronome.

Upon completion, you will have mapped out the fretboard as well as gained an understanding of how to create a guitar part. You will also have gotten yourself a Motown/Soul repertoire and be ready to jam or even join a band.

Many of these songs are written with having a horn section in mind, this leads them to be in key signatures we are not used to playing on the guitar such as Db and Ebm.

This gives us an excellent opportunity to think in roman numerals instead of chord names as we remember chord progressions as V – VI, instead of, for example, G – F.

Thinking of chords as roman numerals in combination with playing all chords all over the neck in an improvised way is the best way to understand music and how it’s laid out on the guitar fretboard harmonically.

Below, you find a link to every electric song available in the course. There are chords, guitar lesson previews, a full performance of every song as well as lyrics and artist biographies available for all of them.

Be My Baby – The Ronettes

E | E | F#m | B7 |
The night we met I knew I, needed you so.
E | E | F#m | B7 |
And if I had the chance I’d, never let you go.

Go to Be My Baby chords.

Can I Get A Witness – Marvin Gaye

Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
Ah listen, everybody, especially you girls,
Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home?

Go to Can I Get A Witness chords.

Get Ready – The Temptations

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.

Go to Get Ready chords.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Ebm | Ebm | Bb Ab | Ab6 Ab |
I bet you’re wonderin’ how I knew, ’bout your plans to make me blue.
Ebm | Ebm | Bb Ab | Ab7 |
With some other guy, you knew before, between the two of us guys you know I loved you more.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine chords.

Jimmy Mack – Martha and The Vandellas

Ebm | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.

Go to Jimmy Mack chords.

Master Blaster (Jammin’) – Stevie Wonder

Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
Everyone’s feeling pretty, it’s hotter than July.
F | F | Cm | Bb |
Though the world’s full of problems, they couldn’t touch us even if they tried.

Go to Master Blaster (Jammin’) chords.

Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong

F N.C | N.C Bb C |
The best things in life are free,
F N.C | N.C |
but you can give them to the birds and bees,

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) chords.

My Guy – Mary Wells

Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 |
Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy.
Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 D7 D D7 | D7 |
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy.

Go to My Guy chords.

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

| A | D |
Rescue me, take me in your arms.
G | Em |
Rescue me, I want your tender charm,

Go to Rescue Me chords.

Respect – Aretha Franklin (Otis Redding)

G7 | F7 |
(Oh) What you want, (Oh) Baby, I got it.
G7 | F7 |
(Oh) What you need, (Oh) Do you know I got it?

Go to Respect chords.

Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

E E6 | A E E6 |
Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son and when his daddy would visit he’d come along.
| E E6 B B6 |
When they gathered around and started talkin’, that’s when Billy would take me walkin’,

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man chords.

Soul Man – Sam & Dave

G G7 G | G G7 G |
Coming to you, on a dusty road,
G G7 G | G G7 G |
good loving, I got a truckload.

Go to Soul Man chords.

You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
I need love, love, to ease my mind.
Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |
I need to find, find, someone to call mine, but mama said.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love chords.