Respect chords



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.

The chord boxes you see below 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.


Respect chords and lyrics


Chords for Respect

||: C7 | F7 :||

||: 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

||: 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).

||: 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

||: 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).

||: 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.

||: 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).

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

||: 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

||: 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).

| 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.

||: 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).


Respect chord progression

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 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.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the course, 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.

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 – 8 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 – 8 Guitar Lessons.


Respect – Lyrics + Live performance

(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

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 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

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.

Go to Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Biography.


Intermediate Electric Songs

Learn all these Motown/Soul songs and you will have gained yourself a repertoire so you can jam or even join a working band.

Study these songs in-depth and you will map out the fretboard, master the CAGED system and learn how to design a rhythm guitar part that works in a band.

Go to Intermediate Electric Songs.


The Professional Guitarist Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset that you can acquire.

Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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