Learn How To Play Soul Man
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band
Sliding D shapes
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.
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.
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 – Step 1
The man behind the guitar part is Steve Cropper, a legendary soul guitarist who was a member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
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Soul Man – Step 2 (Free Preview)
Let’s spend half an hour on this one bar of music by digging deep into all its detail.
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Soul Man – Step 3
This will manifest the D shape all over the fret board and if you haven’t achieved this already, it will teach you all the notes on the B string as well.
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Soul Man – Step 4
Saying this, it’s not that much to learn so we also play the verse and chorus on loop.
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Soul Man – Step 5
This is in contrast to the otherwise strict note for note approach this song seemingly craves.
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Soul Man – Step 6
If you want to play it note for note, there are some details that are new. We also look at the super simple but clever outro part.
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Soul Man – Step 7
My aim has been to stay as close to Steve Cropper’s original as possible.
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Soul Man – Step 8
Well, you still have the band to play with!
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Sam & Dave
Two years before they would eventually part ways, The Blues Brothers were released in the cinema, the film gave their career one final boost. However, neither Sam or Dave seemed happy about it.
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