This Pack introduces the Early Singles the Beatles released, starting in 1962 in the UK. The songs were all penned by Lennon and McCartney, and paved the way for them being done with covers and concentrating on only original material.
The songs range from the straight forward bluesy sound of Love Me Do, shimmering vocals of Please Please Me, more sophisticated harmony in Ask Me Why and From Me To You, and of course the classic rock sound of She Loves You.
Lesson 1: Love Me Do - The Beatles - Guitar Lesson
The first hit single for The Beatles, Love Me Do, is about as basic as a song can get- three chords, two sections, two sets of lyrics, and simple strumming.
All it took was a harmonica and a vocal hook for everyone to bite. This lesson goes over the progression and arrangement, but also shows how to incorporate the harmonica solos into the strumming.
Lesson 2: Please Please Me - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
As a follow-up to their first single, Love Me Do, The Beatles went into the studio to record Please Please Me, although George Martin still did not have faith in their songwriting abilities.
They had reworked it, come up with some great hooks, vocals, and energy, and the rest is history. Please Please Me became their first number one hit within weeks of its release in early 1963, at least in the UK.
This lesson strums through the chord progression in a couple different ways and also looks at incorporating the lead into the strumming.
Lesson 3: Ask Me Why - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
Ask Me Why is mostly a John Lennon tune that was the B-side of their second single, Ask Me Why. The progression uses quite a few chords, most from the key of E, many chords from nearby keys, and an augmented chord to really make things interesting.
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Lesson 4: From Me To You - The Beatles - Guitar Lesson
After the Beatles success with their first two singles, originals Love Me Do and Please Please Me, they were inspired to churn out a pile of their own tunes. From Me To You was written very quickly and recorded within a week to be their third single and it shot to #1 a week later.
At this point there was no looking back at doing covers. The progression includes some signature Beatles’ sounds, namely the use of augmented chords. This lesson also incorporates George’s lead fills using parallel octaves into the accompaniment to create a very interesting, and challenging arrangement.
Lesson 5: She Loves You - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
After some big success in the UK with their first three singles, The Beatles finally broke through into the American market with their next few singles, prompting Capitol Records to change their tune and release their albums.
She Loves You was one of these breakthrough hits, which also happens to be really fun to play. It shows some of their non-traditional uses of chord progressions, with a few cool licks of George’s thrown in for good measure. This lesson covers the rhythm guitar parts along with most of George’s additions.