Work a I-IV-V progression with this funk-filled track in the style of the godfather of soul, James Brown
This month’s soulful backing track has a distinctly funky edge and is in the style of The Godfather Of Soul James Brown and Motown tracks like Respect by Aretha Franklin.
The main section uses a I-IV-V chord progression (C9-F9-G9) in the key of C, with just one other chord (Dm7) added in to the mix. There’s loads of space on the backing track for you to jam some rhythm ideas. Simply follow the chord chart across the page. When soloing, the C major pentatonic or C blues scales work a treat. They are also fairly easy to remember and fall under the fingers nicely. For more advanced licks, you could try the Mixolydian mode. Play through the scale shapes and use them as the basis for your own ideas. Listen to soulful lead guitarists like BB King or John Mayer for inspiration. And, if you need a bit more guidance, try out our tabbed lick, which we’ve performed over the backing track at 0:37.