Beatles Early Singles Volume 4 Acoustic Guitar 5 Pack
Our 4th volume of Beatles Early Singles continues with songs from the era of their second movie, Help. In the US many of these did appear on the albums released as soundtracks to the movies and once again, they are very accessible to most guitar students.
Needless to say, they are all very fun to play as well.
Lesson 1: If I Fell - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
It’s been quite a while since we looked at a Beatles song, way too long. If I Fell is one of John Lennon’s earliest “serious” ballads, although Paul McCartney’s influence and contributions are easily seen.
John was more comfortable as a rocker but this open the doors to In My Life, among others. It was part of their movie A Hard Day’s Night, and album as well.
The lesson just goes over the chord progression with some barre chord theory and technical tips included.
Lesson 2: Things We Said Today - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
Things We Said Today is a Paul McCartney song that really exemplifies many of the reasons The Beatles have to be considered one of the greatest bands/songwriters/influences of all time. It uses chord sequences and combinations unheard of at the time, syncopated rhythm guitar strumming along with sparse and simple lead punctuations, well-crafted lyrics, and a memorable melody with clever harmony. This lesson covers the chord progression and strumming patterns, as well as the sixteenth-note bounce that starts it off. There are a few barre chords and there is a segment on George’s part where he plays three string triad shapes up the neck.
Lesson 3: Eight Days A Week - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
With a title taken from one of Ringo’s malapropisms, Eight Days A Week, from The Beatles fourth album Beatles For Sale, was set to be released as a single in the U.K. until John came up with I Feel Fine, which was considered a better fit and bound to be a big hit.
Eight Days A Week features an interesting chord progression and the lesson includes a Listen segment for the student to try to figure it out. We also take a look at the intro and strumming triplets.
Lesson 4: She’s A Woman - The Beatles - Guitar Lesson
She’s A Woman is a brilliant example of using a 12-bar-blues form as the foundation for a great song. Paul probably wrote it in a few minutes, on the way to the studio according to his recollection, and they recorded it in a day, probably the same day. The rhythm guitar just plays through a set of barre chords in the key of A, accenting the back beats, 2 & 4. We also take a short looks at George’s solo. The song can be found on Past Masters Volume One.
Lesson 5: You’re Gonna Lose That Girl - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
You’re Gonna Lose That Girl might be one of the most underrated Beatles songs out there. It may have even been considered filler for their 1965 movie Help. To the contrary, it is one of their most interesting progressions using multiple keys and modulations.
The lesson includes a breakdown of the progression, along with a chord not noted on any charts I have ever seen, as well as a short look at George’s simple, but tasty lead.