You can learn how to play Respect by Aretha Franklin!
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 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.
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 can just 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 used to always exploring the neck to find new parts.
Respect Sax solo on the guitar
Now then, the sax solo… 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 we can learn from it and sax players in general.
The lessons come complete with video tutorials, plenty of TAB, as well as 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.
Respect chords and lyrics
The chord boxes you see above are showing some of the many variations the CAGED system provides.
It would be madness to learn all these as individual chords, instead, understand how all these chords are built and you can move around the fretboard, creating rhythm parts as you see fit.
Do your homework and you simply see the entire shape but play just a fraction of it. The best part is that you can do this in an improvised way.
Let’s take a look at all of Respect’s chords with some lyrics.
The intro uses the same chords as the chorus.
||: C7 | F7 :||
The verse chord progression is similar to that of a blues’ V – IV movement.
| G7 | F7 |
(Oh) What you want, (Oh) Baby, I got it.
| G7 | F7 |
(Oh) What you need, (Oh) Do you know I got it?
| G7 | F7 |
(Oh) All I’m askin’, (Oh) Is for a little
The chorus is also blues-influenced, this time, the I – IV movement.
| C7 | F7 |
Respect when you come home (just a little bit). Hey baby (just a little bit).
| C7 | F7 |
When you get home (just a little bit). Mister (just a little bit).
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 |
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.
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.
Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)
In the video above, starting at 2:29, you find a preview of Respect’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.
In this step, we work on playing the verse all over the neck. There are six examples to work on in this step. You can see the TAB for two of these below.
In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band. First, we practice each example individually, then start moving freely around the fretboard.
Respect – Guitar Lessons
The ultimate soul song to learn we find in 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 one is a serious challenge.
Go to Respect guitar lessons.
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.
Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Biography
Led by piano and organ player Booker T. Jones, the Stax Records house band played behind numerous legendary artists.
Hits include Green Onions, Born Under A Bad Sign, (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Ain’t No Sunshine, Soul Man, Hold On I’m Coming, Knock On Wood, and Respect.
Intermediate Electric – 13 Songs
You can learn how to play these 13 intermediate electric songs!
Be My Baby, Can I Get A Witness, Get Ready, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Jimmy Mack, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Money (That’s What I Want), My Guy, Rescue Me, Respect, Son Of A Preacher Man, Soul Man, and You Can’t Hurry Love.
Go to Intermediate Electric Songs.