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).

Respect Chords: Learn the progressions

The ultimate soul song to learn is Aretha Franklin‘s version of Respect.

Since you will play this one in every soul band you join, 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 C7 and F7 (I – IV).

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

I found inspiration from the horn section, the original guitar, and the BV’s to create the parts you hear me playing in the video at the top of this page.

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

As we also do this with the chorus chords, this becomes a great exercise in mapping out the fretboard with dom7 chords.

Always make this a habit when you play songs in this style so you can play the chords anywhere and improvise your rhythm part – essential in this style of music.

As the chords are so simple, you may only need a chord chart to glance at in case you’ve had to change key, and can’t remember what chord the solo starts on.

Speaking of the solo, it goes outside the blues-like structure we’ve had so far (C7 as chord I, F7 as chord IV, and G7 as chord V).

We start on an F#m, then go to B7. This tells us it must be the II – V in the key of E, nowhere else in the harmonized major scale do we find a minor chord with a major a 4th above.

It is unusual to go from the key of C to E like this. Being a common movement (II – V) helps to make it feel normal as this is such a common movement.

Next, we go back to F#m before a G7 becomes the chord that brings us back to the verse.

The breakdown section (R – E – S – P – E – C – T) moves from chord I – IV but uses a Bb to pivot. The Bb is chord bVIIx, also known as a backdoor dominant.

Here’s a chord chart I made for you.

Respect chord chart.

Respect Chord Chart | PDF + iReal Pro

Should you want to download this chart, here’s a PDFRespect Chord Chart PDF.

This chart was created using iRealPro, here’s a link to that file: Respect iReal Pro. The main reason you should get this is so that you can change the key last minute when your singer isn’t feeling in top form.

Most of the time when I play Respect, it’s in the key of Bb. That means the solo starts on an Em chord.

But what about if the singer want’s it in the key of A? Will you start the solo on the correct note?

Having a simple chord chart in the right key for the evening really relaxes me, even if I only glance over at it for a second.

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Respect TAB | Course Preview

Respect 8 step by step guitar lessons

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

There is so much we can learn here, I go into great depth about this in the course, leaving no stone unturned.

In the playalong 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 8 step-by-step guitar lessonsRespect – Guitar Lessons with TAB.

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. 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.

Respect Chords | Related Pages

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Aretha Franklin tunes

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.

Aretha Franklin on the web

Listen to Aretha Franklin on Spotify.

Otis Redding tunes

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.

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