Respect chords by Aretha Franklin


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Respect | Chords + Lyrics

Intro (0:00)

||: C7 | F7 :||

Verse 1 (0:11)

||: G7 | F7 :||
(Oh) What you want, (Oh) Baby, I got it.
(Oh) What you need, (Oh) Do you know I got it?
(Oh) All I’m askin’, (Oh) Is for a little

Chorus 1 (0:23)

||: C7 | F7 :||
Respect when you come home (just a little bit). Hey baby (just a little bit).
When you get home (just a little bit). Mister (just a little bit).

Verse 2 (0:32)

||: G7 | F7 :||
I ain’t gonna do you wrong, while you’re gone.
Ain’t gonna do you wrong, (Oh) ‘Cause I don’t wanna.
(Oh) All I’m askin’, (Oh) Is for a little

Chorus 2 (0:44)

||: C7 | F7 :||
Respect when you come home (just a little bit). Baby (just a little bit)
When you get home (just a little bit). Yeah (just a little bit).

Verse 3 (0:53)

||: G7 | F7 :||
I’m about to give you, all of my money.
And all I’m askin’, in return honey.
Is to give me my propers, when you get home.

Chorus 3 (1:05)

||: C7 | F7 :||
(Just a, just a, just a, just a) Yeah baby.
(Just a, just a, just a, just a) When you get home.
(Just a little bit) Yeah (just a little bit).

Solo (1:14)

| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
| F#m | F#m | G7 | G7 |

Verse 4 (1:31)

||: G7 | F7 :||
Ooh, your kisses, (Oh) Sweeter than honey.
(Oh) And guess what? (Oh) So is my money.
(Oh) All I want you to do (oh) for me, is give it to me when you get home

Chorus 4 (1:43)

||: C7 | F7 :||
(Re, re, re ,re). Yeah baby
(Re, re, re ,re). Whip it to me
(Respect, just a little bit). When you get home, now (just a little bit).

Breakdown (1:52)

| C Bb | F Bb |
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.
| C Bb5 | F |
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, take care TCB.

Outro (2:00)

||: C7 | F7 :||
Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me).
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me).
Whoa babe (just a little bit),
a little respect (just a little bit).
I get tired (just a little bit),
keep on tryin’ (just a little bit).
You’re runnin’ out of foolin’ (just a little bit),
and I ain’t lyin’ (just a little bit).
‘Spect (re, re, re, re),
when you come home (re, re, re, re).
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit),
and find out I’m gone (just a little bit).


You can learn how to play Respect!

The most famous soul tune of them all, Respect by Aretha Franklin was released in 1967 and became her signature song. Two years earlier, Otis Redding had written and recorded Respect with Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

There are many differences between the two recordings, perhaps most notably the breakdown section (R-E-S-P-E-C-T) and the key change with that legendary Sax solo (guitar lesson below).

In the course, we work out many ways you can play the verse and chorus chords for Respect, it becomes a great exercise in mapping out the fretboard with dom7 chords.

You should always make this a habit when you play songs in this kind of style, the reason for this is that if you can play the chords anywhere, you can improvise your rhythm part, essential in this style of music.

This takes five guitar lessons, and following this we learn King Curtis’s original sax solo on the guitar, note for note.

You can actually skip straight to this step right now as this guitar lesson is available for free below, complete with TAB and analysis, enjoy!


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Respect guitar lesson | King Curtis’ note-for-note sax solo

I’m not gonna lie, this is really hard. Don’t see it as a must to learn as you may end up disappointed in yourself, not a good idea!

See it as a lesson in what is possible and aim to incorporate the ideas into your playing rather than feeling as if you must play Respect’s sax solo exactly as is written below here in TAB.

It took me several days to work it out and learn to play reasonably well. I would have liked another week of practice time, to be honest!

To learn how to play the sax solo from Respect on guitar, we must first split it in half, here’s the first half in TAB.

Respect chords and TAB, sax solo on the guitar, first half.
Respect Sax solo (King Curtis) | First half in TAB

Notice that it’s the F#m pentatonic in an Am and Gm-shape that we use in the first two bars.

Over the B7, there’s a B major pentatonic with an added m3rd. Some people call this the major blues scale.

The slide from b6 to 6 should just be seen as a slide, not as an important note, like the minor to major was.

Spend plenty of time practicing this first half of the solo using the TAB loop in the playlist above.

Here’s the second half in TAB.

Respect chords and TAB, sax solo on the guitar, second half.
Respect Sax solo (King Curtis) | Second half in TAB

The F#m is pretty much the same as before. Feel free to vary that end in more ways.

Over the G7, we cram in the Gm, Am, and Cm-shaped G blues scale into the first bar!

The second bar is a mix of G minor and major pentatonic. You could bend fret 11 and 12 on string 2, but it is almost impossible to fit in unless you slow the tempo way down.

If you do it sounds really, really good. If I have to pick one bar of music to remember from this song, it’s the last bar of the solo. Any note that can be bent, should be bent.

This fine-tuned manipulation of notes is what separates the happy amateur from the tortured artist. You have been warned…

To learn how to play Respect using 8 steps of in-depth guitar lessons, not just this crazy solo, sign up here.


Respect chords and progressions

The intro uses the same chords as the chorus, a I – IV, #1 on my top 10 chord progression list.

||: C7 | F7 :||

The verse chord progression is similar to that of a blues’ V – IV movement.

||: G7 | F7 :||

The solo moves to a new key.

| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
| F#m | F#m | G7 | G7 |

The breakdown section (R-E-S-P-E-C-T) picots on a single Bb, apart form the last time when it’s a Bb5.

| C (Bb) | F (Bb) | C Bb5 | F |

Using slides, hammer-ons, and extensions like 6 in combination with what you saw above, you can create a dynamic part that is fun to play in an improvised way for Respect.

One of the best ways to come up with new parts is to imitate what the BV’s and horn sections do. We do all of this in the course.


Respect | Related pages


Respect – 8 guitar lessons

Respect, 8 guitar lessons in the course.

The ultimate soul song to learn we find in Aretha Franklin’s Respect. To create our guitar part we find inspiration from the horns, BV’s, and of course the original guitar.

For the solo, we copy what the sax played, note for note. This is a serious challenge.

Go to Respect – 8 guitar lessons.


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Aretha Franklin

Find out more about Aretha Franklin, the woman that rerecorded and changed Respect's chords.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Considered by most critics and peers the greatest singer of all time.

Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s label Motown. However, Aretha’s father had other ideas.

Go to Aretha Franklin.


Aretha Franklin on the web

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Otis Redding

Find out more about Otis Redding, the man who wrote Respect's chords.

Dubbed the King Of Soul, Otis Redding was an American singer-songwriter who wrote some of the most famous songs of all time.

His career was tragically cut short only five years after his first studio album was released as he tragically died in a plane crash in 1967.

Go to Otis Redding.


Otis Redding on the web

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