Intermediate Electric Course



13 tunes | 104 step-by-step Guitar Lessons


When playing songs on the electric guitar, we must learn all our CAGED barre chords 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 have mapped out the fretboard, 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 to joining a working band.

Even though you as a member have unlimited access to all these lessons, I recommend you experience them in the order displayed below and practice all material in the 8 step-by-step lessons per tune.


#1 – Rescue Me

Rescue Me 8 step by step guitar lessons

In this first series of lessons 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 with a live band.


#2 – You Can’t Hurry Love

You Can't Hurry Love 8 step by step guitar lessons

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. if you can play all shapes, you can play this tune in an improvised way.


#3 – Can I Get A Witness

Can I Get A Witness 8 step by step guitar lessons

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.


#4 – Be My Baby

Be My Baby 8 step by step guitar lessons

Each section of Be My Baby is relatively easy, as long as you practice with the live band loops, you’ll learn them quickly.

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.


#5 – Soul Man

Soul Man 8 step by step guitar lessons

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?


#6 – Money (That’s What I Want)

Money (That's What I Want) 8 step by step guitar lessons

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. This is an important lesson as we can build any solo using this concept.


#7 – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

I Heard It Through The Grapevine 8 step by step guitar lessons

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

For the instrumental section, we improvise by finding different chord shapes and adding licks using the minor pentatonic.


#8 – Get Ready

Get Ready 8 step by step guitar lessons

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

For the solo, we copy what the strings and the sax play on the original recording. This will require us to work on our pull-off and hammer-on techniques.


#9 – Son Of A Preacher Man

Son Of A Preacher Man 8 step by step guitar lessons

Since Son Of A Preacher Man doesn’t have any guitar to copy, we must invent our parts by listening to what the other instruments play.

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


#10 – My Guy

My Guy 8 step by step guitar lessons

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.


#11 – Respect

Respect 8 step by step guitar lessons

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

For the solo, we copy what the sax played, note for note. This is a serious challenge but by practicing methodically, we will get there,


#12 – Jimmy Mack

Jimmy Mack 8 step by step guitar lessons

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 substituting chords.


#13 – Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Master Blaster 8 step by step guitar lessons

The final series of lessons are done around Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece Master Blaster (Jammin’). As the title suggests, 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.


Intermediate Electric Course | More tunes with TAB


(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you get 5 pieces of TAB for how Dock Of The Bay could be played on just one guitar. We incorporate bass, drum beats, and whistling!

G5 | B7 | C | A |
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes…


Ain’t No Sunshine

Ain't No Sunshine 8 step by step lessons

Available in the beginner course, Ain’t No Sunshine has an easy arrangement and a 2nd guitar part, practice these and you could play this tune in a band.

N.C | Am7 Em G5 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone…


Beyond

Beyond + TAB T

In this lesson, we start with learning the provided TAB for the intro of Beyond, this makes the rest of the tune self-explanatory.

G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
Don’t wanna get ahead of myself, feeling things I’ve never felt…


I Can’t Stand The Rain

I Can't Stand The Rain 8 step by step lessons

Available in the intermediate acoustic course, I Can’t Stand The Rain, is learned in just five steps by practicing loops for each section.

A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories…


I Got A Woman

I Got A Woman Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you’ll find a guide to how you could play I Got A Woman in a band, with analysis and TAB.

| A7 | E7 | A7 D9 | A7 |
Well, I got a woman, way over town that’s good to me, oh yeah…


Into The Mystic

Into The Mystic Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you get a chord analysis and TAB for Into The Mystic‘s verse, incorporating the bass line and a bridge lick.

C (Csus2) | C (Csus2) | C (Csus2) | C (Csus2) |
We were born before the wind. Also younger than the sun…


Knock On Wood

Knock On Wood Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, there’s a full analysis as well as TAB, including how to incorporate the horns in the instrumental section of Knock On Wood.

A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
I don’t want to lose, this good thing, that I got…


Mercy

Mercy Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you’ll find the TAB for how to play the various riffs, transcribed from the original recording of Mercy and adapted to the guitar.

G5 (D F) | G5 (D F) | G5 (D F) | G5 (D F) |
I love you, but I gotta stay true…


My Girl

My Girl Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you’ll find the TAB for how to combine the two verse guitar parts of My Girl into one. We also look at playing the sax solo on the guitar.

C | F | C | F |
I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day…


Nutbush City Limits

Nutbush City Limits analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you’ll find a chord analysis and TAB for playing Nutbush City Limits main riff which is a unique take on the standard honky-tonk.

A A6 A A6 A | A7 A6 A A6 A |
A church house, gin house…


Proud Mary

Proud Mary Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, after a full chord analysis, we look at TAB for how to honky tonk and play Proud Mary‘s chord riff.

D | D | D | D |
Left a good job (down) in the city, working for my man every night and day…


Reach Out I’ll Be There

Reach Out (I'll Be There) Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you’ll get a chord analysis and all the TAB you need to play Reach Out I’ll Be There in a band.

Abm7 Gb/Bb | Db | Abm7 Gb/Bb | Db |
Now if you feel that you can’t go on, because all of your hope is gone…


River Deep – Mountain High

River Deep - Mountain High Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, you’ll find a full chord and time signature analysis as well as TAB for the intro and M8 riff of River Deep – Mountain High.

Bb N.C | N.C | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |
When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll, only doll I’ve ever owned…


Shake A Tail Feather

Shake A Tail Feather Analysis + TAB T

In this lesson, we analyze the chords, translate Shake A Tail Feather‘s keyboard part to guitar, and study 6 pieces of TAB.

D5 (D6) | G (G6) | D5 (D6) | G (G6) |
Well, I heard about the fellow you’ve been dancin’ with…


Take Me To The River

Take Me to The River 8 step by step lessons

Available in the advanced acoustic course, Take Me To The River is complex to grasp since we attempt to replicate an entire soul band on just one acoustic guitar.

E7 | E7 D5 A5 |
I don’t know why I love you like I do…


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