Intermediate Electric Guitar Course

13 songs – 104 step by step guitar lessons!

When playing songs on the electric guitar, we must learn all our CAGED barre chords in order to build rhythm parts. We must also learn our pentatonic scales so we can incorporate licks and play solos.

In the intermediate electric guitar course, we do just that – at the same time as we learn thirteen legendary songs.

As you practice playing chord shapes and creating licks along to live band loops, there is little need for boring exercises to a metronome. Instead, we can learn all that stuff in the context of each song – a much better approach!

Upon completing the course, you will clearly have mapped out the fret board, as well as gained an understanding of how to create a guitar part.

As a final bonus, you’ll have the beginnings of a Motown/Soul repertoire, essential in order to actually join a band.

1. Rescue Me

In this first series of lesson for the intermediate electric course, we learn how to play Rescue Me by Fontella Bass, at the same time as we learn the CAGED system.

Practice along with the band as we step by step work our way to playing the complete song.

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2. You Can’t Hurry Love

Learn how to play You Can’t Hurry Love, step by step by practicing each section of the song with the band.

As well as this we also practice all our dom7 CAGED shapes.

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3. Can I Get A Witness

The chord changes of Can I Get A Witness are very fast, to play these comfortably, we must practice each section on a loop in every area of the neck.

Only by being this methodical can we play the complete song in an improvised way with the band in the final step.

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4. Be My Baby

Each section of Be My Baby is relatively easy, as long as you practice to the loops.

The challenge lies within playing the verse, bridge, chorus and solo without getting stuck and making it all sound natural when you play with the band in step 8.

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5. Soul Man

Soul Man is a rare example of how you should stick to just a one bar riff for a long time, this is clearly what you should do when playing the verse.

Once we hit the chorus and the M8, things get much more intricate, can you put it all together in step 8?

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6. Money (That’s What I Want)

As well as learning the very interesting main riff of Money (That’s What I Want) there’s plenty more going on in these lessons.

As well as varying the turnaround, we also have a solo to get our teeth into.

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7. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

When playing I Heard It Through The Grapevine, we get a a great chance to vary our guitar parts.

For the instrumental section, we improvise!

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8. Get Ready

To get the most from playing Get Ready, we move that verse riff around the fret board and vary it in execution.

For the solo, we copy what the strings and the sax play on the original recording.

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9. Son Of A Preacher Man

Since Son Of A Preacher Man doesn’t have any guitar to copy, we must invent our parts.

I’ll give you several ideas so you can create your own part for when you play with the band in step 8.

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10. My Guy

There are more jazzy sounding chords to discover when we play My Guy.

During the steps, you’ll get many variations on how you can play each section, ultimately making it possible for you to improvise your guitar part when you play it with the band in the final step.

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11. Respect

The ultimate soul song to learn we find in Respect. To create our guitar part we find inspiration from the horns, BV’s and of course the original guitar.

For the solo, we copy what the sax played, note for note. This one is a serious challenge.

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12. Jimmy Mack

Jimmy Mack is your introduction to chord substitutions, this is something we’ll do a lot more of in the future.

Seemingly simple to do, once you get it you’ll see that we’ve opened a can of worms here. You can easily spend the rest of your life chord substituting.

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13. Master Blaster (Jammin’)

The final series of lessons are done around Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece Master Blaster (Jammin’). As the title suggest, this is all about improvisation.

As a bonus, you’ll know that when you can lay the instrumental sections, you know your Minor Pentatonic well enough.

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