Son Of A Preacher Man chords



You can learn how to play Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield!

Son Of A Preacher Man is a 1968 single by Dusty Springfield.

Re-released in 1994 for the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, it has been firmly cemented onto most soul bands’ setlists.

The chord progression you find below for Son Of A Preacher Man has plenty of movement over each chord. Quick extensions appear as chord licks. You need the full TAB for all this to make sense (available in the course).

For example, over the E chord, a 6 is often played. The 6th of an E is the note C#. This is the 3rd of an A chord. As the progression moves between E and A, adding the 6 to the E, blends the two chords together.

Over the B chord, the 6 is used again, it is now the note G#, the 3rd of an E chord.

As you enter the m8 section, 6 chords are used on almost every chord, carrying the concept forward over a new progression. We also here slide chromatically into chords, again creating more movement.

Another very important part of playing this song is to use different shapes. When you get good at this, you can improvise what shape you pick and therefore create a new part, every time you play the song.

All this put together makes Son Of A Preacher Man an excellent study in how to use 6 chords and move around the fret board when creating rhythm parts on the electric guitar.


Son Of A Preacher Man chords and lyrics


Chords for Son Of A Preacher Man

Son Of A Preacher Man starts in the key of E, then modulates to A. There are loads of 6 and dom7 extensions quickly added and taken away. There are also chromatic hammer on’s and slides from, for example, Em to E, Db to D.

To learn and memorize all these as individual chord boxes would be mad. Instead, learn how to play all CAGED shapes all over the neck and you can move around the fretboard in an improvised way as you play the song.

To get all the details of exactly how to play this, you want TAB. Once you’ve gone through that, seeing just the chords like below, is all you need.

The intro is just an E chord, although we hammer on from minor to major as well as pull off from sus4 to major.

| N.C Em | E | Esus4 E Em | E | Esus4 E |

The verse sounds best if we add and take away 6 extensions. Notice how there are four bars of B chords at the end.

| E E6 | A E E6 |
Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son and when his daddy would visit he’d come along.
| E E6 | B B6 |
When they gathered around and started talkin’, that’s when Billy would take me walkin’,
| B7 B6 | B7 B6 | B7 |
out through the back yard, we’d go walkin’, then he’d look into my eyes, Lord knows to my surprise.

The chorus also has 6 extensions added and taken away quickly.

| E E6 | A E E6 |
The only one who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher man.
| E E6 | A E E6 |
The only boy who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man.
| E B | A A6 |
Yes he was, he was, ooh yes he was.

The first chorus is followed by an instrumental section, similar to the intro but shorter.

| E Em E | E Esus4 E |

Verse 2 is different in length to verse 1, the B chords at the now last for three bars, not four.

| E | A E E6 |
Bein’ good isn’t always easy, no matter how hard I try (oh-oh).
| E E6 | B B6 |
When he started sweet-talkin’ to me, he’d come and tell me “Everything is all right” (oh-oh).
| B7 B6 | B7 |
He’d kiss and tell me “Everything is all right” (oh-oh), can I get away again tonight?

Chorus 2 has the same chords as chorus 1. Instead of going to an instrumental section after it, we change the key as we now go to the m8. There are plenty of chromatic slides as we go from one chord to the next.

| D Db | D Ab | A A6 A Ab | A A6 A Bb |
How well I remember, the look that was in his eyes, stealin’ kisses from me on the sly.
| B B7 B6 Bb | B B7 B6 Eb |
Takin’ time to make time, tellin’ me that he’s all mine.
| E Eb | E E7 |
Learnin’ from each other’s knowin’, lookin’ to see how much we’ve grown and.

The chorus which follows is in a new key. The m8 has taken us to this key, clever stuff!

| A A7 A6 A | D A A6 |
The only one boy could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man.
| A A7 A6 A | D A A6 |
The only one who could ever teach me, was a son of a preacher man.
| A E | D D6 |
Yes he was, he was, ooh yes he was.

Finally, we hit the outro chorus, now the BV’s take over, the lead vocal is answering.

||: A A6 A | D A A6 :|| repeat to fade
(The only one who could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man) Was son of a preacher man.
(The only boy who could ever teach me, was a son of a preacher man) Oh it was, was a son of a preacher man.
(The only one who could ever woo me, was a son of a preacher man) Oh, yeah, was son of a preacher man.
(The only one who could ever woo me, was a son of a preacher man) Ah he was the son of a preacher man.
(The only one who could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man). Oh yes he was now, oh he was yeah.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the video above, starting at 2:30, you find a preview of Son Of A Preacher Man’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

In this step, we work on playing the verse. There are three examples to practice in this step, you’ll find TAB for the first two examples below.

In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band, first practice each example in isolation, then start moving freely around the fretboard.



Son Of A Preacher Man – Guitar Lessons

Since Son Of A Preacher Man doesn’t have any guitar to copy, we must invent our parts.

I’ll give you several ideas so you can create your own part for when you play with the band in step 8.

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man guitar lessons.


Son Of A Preacher Man – Lyrics

Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son and when his daddy would visit he’d come along.
When they gathered around and started talkin’,
that’s when Billy would take me walkin’,
out through the back yard, we’d go walkin’.

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man lyrics.


Dusty Springfield – Biography

Dusty Springfield is the 60s and 70s singer from London U.K who was a big part of bringing American R&B and soul to the U.K

Her most famous songs include Son Of A Preacher Man, Spooky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.

Go to Dusty Springfield biography.


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