Son Of A Preacher Man

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Chords and guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band


Son Of A Preacher Man and 6 chords

The chord progression you find below for Son Of A Preacher Man is simplified. I haven’t included all the quick extensions that appear as chord licks. You need the full TAB for that to make sense.

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.


Chord progression

Son Of A Preacher Man starts in the key of E, then modulates to A.

Verse

E | A E | E ||: B7 :||x4 or x3

Chorus

||: | A E :|| E B | A |

M8

| D D | A | | B | B7 | E | E7 |

Chorus NEW KEY

||: A | D A :|| A E | D |


Guitar Lessons


Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 1

Today we start working on a new song in Dusty Springfield’s legendary Son Of A Preacher Man.

Due to the lack of guitar on the original recording, we are going to have to invent a guitar part.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 2 (Free Preview)

Let’s learn that verse! The progression moves from chord I to chord IV and then back again.

The use of the 6 over the E chord, hints the 3rd of the A.

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man step 2.


Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 3

Today we continue our journey of inventing a guitar part for the super famous Son Of A Preacher Man.

In this step, we look at how to play the chorus.

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man step 3.


Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 4

In this step we learn the intro and the instrumental sections, they are not exactly the same.

In total there are seven different examples here to try. Which one will you end up using?

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 5

Today we put all you’ve worked on so far together as we play the first half of Son Of A Preacher Man.

I’ll give you two examples of how to do this, start by learning them before you develop your own variations.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 6

Today we get into the M8. This is what chord progression legends are made of.

This section presents a new idea to the song, changes key, and takes us to the chorus a 4th up.

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man step 6.


Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 7

It is details that are too small to pick out for the average listener that in the end makes them go: Wow, without being able to explain why.

If you can put the same amount of detailed work as a great singer does, you’ll be a great guitarist.

Go to Son Of A Preacher Man step 7.


Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 8

In this final step, you play the song on your own with the band. Every time you enter a new section, aim to explore the fret board with your different chord shapes.

Remember, it is being able to “improvise the part up” that matters, not to memorize stuff exactly.

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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’

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Dusty Springfield

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

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.


Course

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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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