Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

I recently did a lesson on the guitar parts that George Harrison and John Lennon play in George's tune I Need You, from The Beatles 1965 album Help. As frequently happens when putting together lessons, I messed around with playing the rhythm part and incorporating the melody. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and quite a bit easier than some of the more elaborate instrumental arrangements I have done, like White Bird, Eye In The Sky, and many others.

This tune uses a percussive right hand technique where beats 2 and 4 of most measures have snare drum like click on the strings. Sometimes this is done by tapping the middle strings with the nails of the 2nd and 3rd fingers, and others with the thumb tapping the 6th string into the fretboard.