Soul/R&B/Motown Songs Lessons

Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder

Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder

In this lesson we will learn a guitar version of Higher Ground. The original is mostly played on clavinet. This guitar adaptation provides an opportunity to work on the skill of string skipping.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Stand By Me by Ben E King

Stand By Me by Ben E King

Easy tune with just 4 chords and a simple bass line. The arrangement is the same throughout. Uses just A, F#m, D, and E

Song Difficulty: 2

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Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede

Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede

In this lesson we will be learning Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Swede.  The tune has an R&B/Soul style guitar part that uses higher voicings on the top 4 stings. Learn how to play the chords here!

Song Difficulty: 4

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Love and Happiness by Al Green

Love and Happiness by Al Green

Love and Happiness by Al Green is a classic R&B/Soul tune written in Ab minor. Because of the key it will require several barre chords. We will cover all parts including the intro and the horn lines transcribed for guitar. The song offers the opportunity for some improvisational lead stuff using an Ab Pentatonic minor / Blues scale.

Song Difficulty: 5

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It's All Right by The Impressions

It's All Right by The Impressions

In this lesson we are going to take a look at the guitar style used by the soul, r&b, and Motown players of the 60's.  Specifically the use of high register chord voicings.  This tune is a great example of this technique.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Dock Of the Bay by Otis Redding

Dock Of the Bay by Otis Redding

A classic Soul tune using mostly open chords. The challenge in this song is getting the strumming pattern down. Chords used are G, B7, C, A, E, D, and F

Song Difficulty: 3

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Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally is classic R&B/ Blues tune by Wilson Pickett. The song is a I-IV-V chord progression in the key of C. There are 2 guitar parts on the original recording, a lead and a rhythm part. We will be covering both of them.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Lean on Me by Bill Withers is a piano tune in the Key of C. We are going to learn this on guitar as close to the piano part as possible. This will require some different and more challenging chord voicings. Sounds very nice if you can get it. We will also be going over an easier version as well using mostly open chords.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Reach Out (I'll Be There) by The Four Tops

Reach Out (I'll Be There) by The Four Tops

Learn the classic Motown tune by the Four Tops. In this tune we will study some different major and minor chord positions.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

In this lesson we will study the Bill Wither's tune Ain't No Sunshine

Song Difficulty: 3

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My Girl by the Temptations

My Girl by the Temptations

This lesson is a song study of My Girl by the Temptations. This tune embodies the essence of Motown guitar. Great tune with a nice, easy riff and chord progression.

Song Difficulty: 3

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I'd Rather Go Blind  by Etta James

I'd Rather Go Blind by Etta James

In this lesson we will learn the classic I'd Rather Go Blind by Etta James. The song is just 2 chords and follows the same form the entire tune. There are some tasty lead guitar parts worth learning as well.

Song Difficulty: 3

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