Beatles Early Singles Volume 3 Acoustic Guitar 5 Pack
The Beatles early career was quite a mix of singles and album releases. Volume 3 of our 5-Pack Series features some of their biggest rockers, at least as far as United States releases are concerned, and a couple from their first movie, A Hard Days Night.
All of these lessons are the guitar parts the boys actually played on the recordings and are very accessible to most intermediate guitar players.
Lesson 1: All My Loving - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
All My Loving is a great example of many of the ways The Beatles redefined rock and roll, setting the bar out of reach of almost all creative musicians of the time, and for generations to come.
It had an innovative chord progression with complex counter guitar rhythms, a soaring melody with tight harmony and backing vocals, a short but unforgettable lead guitar break, and catchy lyrics, all wrapped up in just over two minutes.
The song is played in the key of E, using many barre chords, including some outside the common ‘E’ and ‘A ‘ families, and John Lennon’s guitar part will be quite a challenge for every guitar player.
The lesson includes both guitar parts, and considers ways of simplifying it a bit, as well as a look at George’s lead using the hybrid picking technique.
Lesson 2: I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
I Saw Her Standing There is an early rocker from Paul McCartney and John Lennon, kicking off The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me. It uses some standard blues chords but usually in 8-measure phrases rather than 12-bar form. Like most of their songs, it also includes some jazzy twists and turns.
The lesson covers a basic way of strumming through the rhythm parts, a more complicated version based on Paul’s bass line, and some tips on George’s lead parts, which were more improvised than composed.
Lesson 3: Do You Want To Know A Secret - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
Do You Want To Know A Secret is one of two songs George sang on The Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me. It featured a jazzy, descending chromatic passing chord, and a few nice embellishments from George’s guitar as well.
It is in the key of E, meaning there are quite a few barre chords, and some quick changes. The lesson also covers an easy way to play the intro instrumentally.
Lesson 4: Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles - Guitar Lesson
Can’t Buy Me Love is a modified 12-bar blues tune that took on new life when George Martin suggested they rearrange the parts and start with the chorus.
George Harrison added a somewhat Carl Perkins-like solo that he really improvised every time. This lesson goes over lead ideas as well as John’s rhythm part.
Lesson 5: I Should Have Known Better - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
Although not one of The Beatles’ best from the lyrics angle, I Should Have Known Better is a very fun-to-play strumming song. It is from A Hard Day’s Night and featured a Bob Dylan-esque harmonica intro, which translates very well to the guitar.
Other than that it just uses some open chords and simple strumming patterns. The lesson is done as an ear-training exercise so be sure to watch the first segment before looking at the chart or tab. There is also a short look at George’s solo, which simple followed the melody.