Ukulele Utopia

A Virtual Learning Experience

Aretha Franklin – Respect


I love Soul music and absolutely nobody epitomised it as much as Aretha Franklin did.  Her astonishing run of hits from the late 60s earned her the title as The Queen Of Soul. Originally recorded by Otis Redding, Aretha and the producer rearranged the song and turned the lyrics to be from the perspective of a woman demanding respect from her man. It empowered females all around the world. Let’s learn to play it on the ukulele.

What Are We Learning To Play?

Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. 

Ukulele Tabs

I have split this arrangement into two parts. First, we have the intro which is a combination of brass instruments and a guitar lick. Then we have the vocal lines from the opening verse.

A |--------------------------|----|
E |-3--3-3---6---1-----------|----|
C |-4------------0--0-0---3--|-x2-|
G |-3------------2-----------|----|

A |-2----2-----------------------|-2----2-----------------------|
E |-3----3--3-1-----1/3--3-3-1-3-|-3----3--3-1-----1/3--3-3-1-3-|
C |-2----------------------------|-2----------------------------|
G |------------------------------|------------------------------|

A |-2----2h3-2------------------------|--10--10-10--10-10---8--8-8--8-8-|
E |-3----3-----3-1---1--1--1--1-1-1-3-|--10--10-10--10-10---8--8-8--8-8-|
C |-2---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G |-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|


3 Killer Tips

Badge Unlocked

Welcome To The Jungle

Complete your first lesson

Badge Unlocked

Start Me Up

Complete The Basics

The Basics

In this section, we will cover everything you need to know about starting to play the ukulele.