Learn How To Play Respect
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band
Learn how to play the sax solo on guitar
Before we learn the actual sax solo, I’ll first 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… 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 – Step 1
After an unsuccessful session at legendary Muscle Shoals studios, Otis decided to record it himself and then again with Aretha Franklin.
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Respect – Step 2 (Free Preview)
In order to find a good part for the verse, we must explore the fret board using different shapes and try the different rhythms we find on the original recording.
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Respect – Step 3
Using six different rhythms we explore all five areas of the neck.
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Respect – Step 4
Only four examples to work through in this step. Hopefully, after this, it’ll all come together for you.
We have four bars of a chorus, followed by six bars of verse to play around with.
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Respect – Step 5
You never know, there may be a sax player on your gig, that way you won’t have to play the solo!
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Respect – Step 6
I would have liked another week of practice time, to be honest!
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Respect – Step 7
So if you aim to play exactly what I did, I’m flattered, but really, to build your own variations is the way forward.
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Respect – Step 8
You don’t have to play what I did, aim to find something that you’re happy with after playing it twelve times. Who knows, maybe you’ll even try again tomorrow.
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Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal in 1960, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s emerging label Motown. However, Aretha’s dominant father/manager had other ideas.
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These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
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.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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