Learn How to Play "Soul Man" by Sam and Dave

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Written by the great Isaac Hayes, "Soul Man" became the biggest hit and signature song of the great soul/R&B duo Sam & Dave. The famous exclamation "Play it, Steve" heard in the song refers to legendary soul guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the MG's, which was the session band that recorded the track in 1967.

The song found new life just a dozen years later, when John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd—the Blues Brothers—performed it on "Saturday Night Live" and subsequently in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

In our new G-Plus Song lesson, you'll learn how to play this soul masterpiece, from the signature sliding 6ths to Cropper's high-energy verse chord riff and the classic R&B-style turnaround phrase. The lesson includes step-by-step video instruction by Doug Boduch, auto-scrolling guitar tab, and a full-band backing track.

"Soul Man" Sam & Dave G-Plus Song Lesson
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