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Yesterday was written by Paul McCartney. It was recorded and released in 1965 on The Beatles album Help. It’s also one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music with more than 1600 recorded versions! In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 8 different triads used in the song. Five of these chords are played with an added 7 or major 7 and five are played with bass notes other than the root – so we’ll cover slash chords and how they are used to create interesting basslines As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. In the song-specific techniques section, I give some tips on how to use a keyboard give the song rhythm and intensity that grows throughout this song that is usually played on guitar.