You can learn how to play Soul Man by Sam & Dave!

As a guitar teacher, one of my favorite things about Soul Man is how it teaches you all the notes on the B string, without actually playing the B string!

It’s such a wonderful contradiction that makes sense, only once you start playing Soul Man.

The intro, chorus and instrumental section all use sliding D shapes, without the root. As the song change key towards the end, you really get a great workout on how to see all those chords, all over the neck.

As if that wasn’t enough, should you play this song live, you might do so following the Blues Brothers version, which is in the keys of E and F. Now you must take everything you know and transpose it – another challenge where you better know your D shaped chords!

In the step by step course, I show you several different ways you could play each section, this way you can design your own favorite way to play Soul Man when you eventually play it with the live band backing track in the final step.


The verse and outro chorus is vamping on a G and, after the key change, an Ab chord.


| G | F | Bb| C D |


| G | F | G | G | G | F | G | C D |


| Eb | Bb | C | D | Eb11 |


| Ab | Gb | B| Db Eb |

Soul Man – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Soul Man by Sam & Dave!

Step 1 (Bars & Beats)Step 2 (Verse)Step 3 (CAGED D shape exercises)Step 4 (Intro & Chorus)Step 5 (M8)Step 6 (Key change)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (Live band backing track).

Soul Man – Lyrics

Coming to you, on a dusty road,
good loving, I got a truckload.
And when you get it, you got something.
don’t worry, ’cause I’m coming.

Go to Soul Man – Lyrics.

Sam & Dave – Biography

Sam & Dave are a Soul duo that made their most successful recordings with Stax house band Booker T and The MG’s.

When the film The Blues Brothers was released in the cinema, it gave their career one final boost. However, neither Sam or Dave seemed happy about it.

Go to Sam & Dave – Biography.

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