Soul/R&B/Motown Songs Lessons

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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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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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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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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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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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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