You can learn how to play Rescue Me by Fontella Bass!

This is the first song in the course so we start with making sure you can play all CAGED chords, all over the neck.

When you can play all the chords in all shapes, the next step is to decorate the chords with some slides and licks.

When sliding into a chord you create tension. How fast you slide in or how many strings you use from what shape, is best discovered by improvising when playing an actual song. It has to be a real song in order to provide context.

Similarly, when adding more rhythms and pentatonic licks, you create excitement. This too must be practiced within the context of a song, not in isolation, in order to really find out what the best part is.

Using this approach, we can map out the fret board and effectively learn how to play guitar, using a song.


The chord progression of Rescue Me may appear simple at first glance, but there is actually a very clever key change in there. Find out more in the intermediate electric guitar course.


||: A | D :|| D C#m Bm A | E |


||: A | D | G | Em :||

Rescue Me – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Rescue Me by Fontella Bass!

Step 1 (Bars & Beats)Step 2 (Chorus)Step 3 (Verse)Step 4 (Turnaround)Step 5 (Major pentatonic)Step 6 (Verse, chorus & turnaround)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (Live band backing track).

Rescue Me – Lyrics

Rescue me, take me in your arms.
Rescue me, I want your tender charm,
’cause I’m a lonely and I’m blue,
I need you and your love too.

Go to Rescue Me – Lyrics.

Fontella Bass – Biography

Fontella Bass spent a large amount of her life chasing a royalty check she never received for her million-selling smash hit Rescue Me.

It took her 28 years until she got paid, but it wasn’t in royalties for writing the song.

Go to Fontella Bass – Biography.

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