Respect chords by Aretha Franklin

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Respect | Chords + Lyrics


||: C7 | F7 :||

Verse 1

||: 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

||: 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

||: 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

||: 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

||: 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

||: 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 |

Verse 4

||: 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

||: 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).

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Respect Chords: Learn the progressions

Respect 8 step by step guitar lessons

The ultimate soul song to learn is without a doubt Aretha Franklin’s Respect.

To create our guitar part, in the course, we find inspiration from the horns, BV’s, and of course, the original guitar part.

We practice all sections, all over the neck so Respect can be played in a free and improvised way for many years to come.

Being in the key of C, the two verse chords are simply G7 and F7 (V – IV). The chorus is just C7 and F7 (I – IV).

To find a good part for these sections, we must explore the fretboard using different shapes and try different rhythms that we find in the original recording.

I take inspiration from the horn section, original guitar, and the BV’s to create these parts and, of course, TAB it all out for you.

Using these parts from the original recording as our foundation, we find parts that make sense. In the course, there are six verse examples for this.

We also do this with the chorus chords as well, 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 being that if you can play the chords anywhere, you can improvise your rhythm part, which is essential in this style of music.

As much fun as it is to learn, develop and improvise with Respect’s chords, the most exciting part of playing Respect is playing the sax solo on the guitar.

There is so much we can learn here. In the play-along TAB loop video above, you can learn the first half which looks like this in TAB.

Respect sax solo TAB for guitar, first half.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Respect – Guitar Lessons with TAB.

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Respect is the world’s most famous Soul tune!

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 it with Booker T. & the M.G.’s in a different key.

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 more you learn about how to play Respect, the more enjoyable it will be to play it. As a professional working guitarist, this is most likely the first tune you’ll get asked to play if there is a female singer on a Soul gig.

In my experience, 9 times out of 10, they’ll ask it to be in the key of Bb as well. I would recommend you learn how to play it fluently in this key too, but to begin with, you could use the Digitech drop pedal.

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin made Respect iconic.

Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul, is 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.

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Otis Redding

Otis Redding wrote Respect.

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

Otis Redding on the web

Listen to Otis Redding on Spotify.

Motown & Soul

When you can play Respect, check out these Motown and Soul tunes as well.

Motown & Soul is the best place to start if you want to get better at playing the electric guitar. The harmony is simple and there is room for improvisation.

Learn tunes by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, and many more.

About me

Dan Lundholm wrote this article about Respect's chords.

This article on Respect’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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