Lessons included are Julia, Strawberry Fields Forever, Ticket To Ride, We Can Work It Out and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Lesson 1: Julia - Guitar Lesson
In 1968 the Beatles learned a bit about fingerpicking from Donovan while they were in India for a short time. This resulted in a much more refined guitar sound for a few songs on the ‘White Album’, including John Lennon’s *Julia*. This lesson uses John’s repetitive alternating bass fingerpicking pattern with some unusual chord voicings, and shows exactly how he played the original, including a capo at the second fret.
Lesson 2: Strawberry Fields Forever - Guitar Lesson
By late 1966 the Beatles were into heavy production and processing in the studio, being free to spend as much time as they wanted on any particular song. This period of creativity produced some of their most elaborate songs, most of which might not seem adaptable to playing solo and singing. However, most of them started off being simple guitar songs. Strawberry Fields Forever, started by John when he was shooting a movie in Spain, began this way and we are fortunate to have access to some very early recordings as John was in the habit of recording all his ideas as they developed. This lesson combines a few versions but is mostly taken from the one released as Take 1, on Anthology 2, with the addition of the introduction arranged for solo guitar.
Lesson 3: Ticket To Ride - Guitar Lesson
A new addition to our shorter series is Ticket To Ride, by the Beatles, from their movie Help. This is a good example of how a songwriter (Paul McCartney) can take a very simple melodic riff derived from a chord, and craft a brilliant piece of pop. A few barre chords are needed but otherwise this is a very accessible tune.
Lesson 4: We Can Work It Out - Guitar Lesson
Many of the Beatles songs make great Campfire songs and We Can Work It Out is today's addition to our library. As simple as many of their tunes are, pretty much every one has some unusual twists and turns that offer great learning opportunities. We Can Work It Out has a very interesting rhythmic change, as well as some chords with unusual bass notes. We even attempt a multi-fret barre at one point.
Lesson 5: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles)
This lesson is the top requested lesson here at TG - While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison. The song first appeared on the Beatles' White Album, officially called The Beatles, and this lesson looks at that version as well as George's acoustic demo version that appeared on Beatles Anthology 3.