(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman chords by Aretha Franklin


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A Natural Woman | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

|6/8 N.C F/C Bb/C F/C |

Verse 1

| C | G/B | Bb | F C/E Dm |
Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel so uninspired.
| C | G/B | Bb | F C/E Dm |
And when I knew I had to face another day. Lord, it made me feel so tired.

Bridge 1

| Dm7 Em7 | Dm7 Em7 |
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind.
| Dm7 Em7 | Dm7 G11 |
But you’re the key to my peace of mind, ’cause you make me feel.

Chorus 1

| C F /A | C F /A |
You make me feel. You make me
| (C A G E D C) | Gsus4/D F C/E Dm |
feel like a natural woman (woman).

Verse 2

| C | G/B | Bb | F C/E Dm |
When my soul was in the lost and found, you came along to claim it.
| C | G/B | Bb | F C/E Dm |
I didn’t know just what was wrong with me. ’Til your kiss helped me name it.

Bridge 2

| Dm7 Em7 | Dm7 Em7 |
Now I’m no longer doubtful, of what I’m living for.
| Dm7 Em7 | Dm7 G11 |
And if I make you happy I don’t need to do more, ’cause you make me feel.

Chorus 2

| C F /A | C F /A |
You make me feel. You make me
| (C A G E D C) | Gsus4/D F C/E Dm |
feel like a natural woman (woman).

Middle 8

| C | Gm9 |
Oh, baby, what you’ve done to me (what you’ve done to me).
| C | Gm9 |
You make me feel so good inside (good inside).
| Fmaj7 | Cm7
And I just want to be (want to be).
| Fmaj7 C/E | Dm7 G11 |
Close to you, you make me feel so alive.

Chorus 3

| C F /A | C F /A |
You make me feel. You make me feel.
| (C A G E D C) | Gsus4/D F C/E Dm |
You make me feel like a natural woman (woman).

Chorus 4

| C F /A | C F /A |
You make me feel. You make me feel.
| (C A G E D C) | Gsus4/D F C/E Dm |
You make me feel like a natural woman (woman).
| C F /A | C F /A |
You make me feel. You make me feel.



A Natural Woman Chords: Learn the progressions


(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Analysis + TAB T

In the key of C, we move chromatically down from the I chord using the 3rd of the V chord, to the bVII. CG/BBb.

This is followed by chord IV, and then a similar chromatic idea using the 3rd of chord I, down to chord II. FC/EDm.

These two movements are the core of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’s chords. Here’s the basic verse chord progression:

| C (I) | G/B (V/3) | Bb (bVIIx) | F (IV) C/E (I/3) Dm (II) |

If played on just one acoustic guitar, try incorporating open strings and you’ll create more voice leading, here’s what this could look like using TAB:

A Natural Woman chords and TAB, verse.

Should you play Natural Woman’s chords on the electric guitar in a band, simple stabs using the chords of the basic progression are probably a better idea.

The bridge moves between chords II – III, Dm7Em7 and finishes off on a G11, like this:

| Dm7 (II) Em7 (III) | Dm7 Em7 |
| Dm7 Em7 | Dm7 G11 (V) |

Members get TAB for the bridge and all other sections too.

The chorus has more slash chords. Start with chords I – IV, and then chord IV with the 3rd in the bass. CFF/A. Since the last A is late, I find it better to write F /A, than F F/A, like this:

| C (I) F (IV) /A | C F /A |

This is followed by more descending bass line work. Although as we go all the way down to a C, if you play this on one guitar we have to start so high it doesn’t feel like a bass line.

I could have written this as chord extensions but it felt a bit pretentious so I just put the notes in brackets, like this:

| (C A G E D C) | Gsus4/D F C/E Dm |

The final bar had to be done as chords and could potentially have been explained as having a G in the bass throughout as the bass player would play only a G.

Finally, Natural Woman’s m8 uses the extremely rare Vm chord. CGm9 is so unusual it makes us sit up and pay attention. This is then moved to Fmaj7Cm7, which is the same idea in a new key.

The final line of the middle 8 brings us a modified version of an earlier chord progression as we go Fmaj7C/EDm7G11. Here’s the complete chord progression for the middle 8 section.

| C (I) | Gm9 (Vm) | C | Gm9 | (key of C)
| Fmaj7 (I) | Cm7 (Vm) | (key of F)
| Fmaj7 (IV) C/E (I/3) | Dm7 (II) G11 (V) | (key of C)

If you are an aspiring songwriter, you should study all chord progressions in (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman very carefully.

Members get TAB for how to play this tune on the acoustic guitar, similar to how Aretha Franklin plays it on the piano.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman was written by Carole King!

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman was written by lyricist Gerry Goffin and his famous wife, Carole King.

Initially released in 1967 by Aretha Franklin, it was destined to become one of her most famous hits.

The song made history in the U.K. as it entered the charts over 50 years later when Aretha passed away.

Carol King herself recorded it a year later for her legendary album Tapestry. Since then, many other artists have covered it, including Celine Dion and Mary J Blidge.

And let’s not forget the millions of pro and semi-pro soul singers who sing A Natural Woman every weekend at a private party, in a bar, or a club somewhere in the world.



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