You can learn how to play Respect by Aretha Franklin!

In the course, we actually learn that legendary sax solo, note for note! But first, I’ll take you through how to create a guitar part for each section of the song, all over the neck.

By doing this, you’ll be able to improvise your rhythm parts and licks, rather than memorize them. Having a more free approach like this makes you more musical as you will have to listen to the rest of the band and adjust your part accordingly.

It also means you’ll get great at writing parts for original songs as you’re always exploring the neck to find new parts.

Now then, the sax solo‚Ķ It took a while to work out what the sax plays on the original record, the end result wasn’t easy, but it was well worth it!

There as so many lessons to learn here involving note choices, articulation, and timing.

In the course, I spend a very long time dissecting how this solo is constructed and the many things you can learn from it and sax players in general.

The lessons come complete with video tutorials, plenty of TAB, and live band loops to practice along with.

As an introduction to “playing over changes”, I find it hard to think of a better example than learning how to play the sax solo from Respect on the guitar.


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

||: G7 | F7 :||

The chorus is also blues influenced, this time the I – IV movement.

||: C7 | F7 :||

The solo moves to a new key.

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

The breakdown section pivots from C to F and back via a Bb.

||: C Bb | F Bb :||

Respect – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Respect by Aretha Franklin!

Step 1 (Bars & Beats)Step 2 (Verse)Step 3 (Chorus)Step 4 (Chorus & verse)Step 5 (Intro, breakdown & solo chords)Step 6 (Solo)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (Live band backing track).

Respect – Lyrics

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

Go to Respect – Lyrics.

Aretha Franklin – Biography

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

Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal in 1960, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s label Motown. However, Aretha’s father had other ideas.

Go to Aretha Franklin – Biography.

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