Lessons on In My Life, Let It Be, Michelle, Penny Lane and With A Little Help From My Friends.
Lesson 1: In My Life - Accompaniment Version
In My Life might be considered the first song to take the Beatles to a higher level as songwriters. It appears to be a little more collaborative than most of their songs but John and Paul's recollections of its beginnings differ somewhat. In this lesson we look at the way it was done on Rubber Soul with a basic rhythm accompaniment and George's opening lead lick, as well as a slightly more complex accompaniment to the keyboard solo.
Lesson 2: Let it Be - Guitar Lesson
Let It Be is a great strumming and singing tune with a chord progression that is a lot of fun to practice playing leads using the Major Pentatonic scale. This 4-Part TARGET lesson covers the rhythm guitar part and some of the piano fills, as well as a discussion on lead playing in general.
Lesson 3: Michelle - Guitar Lesson
In 1965 The Beatles sound was changing, as it continued to do for the next 5 years, and Rubber Soul, released late that year included quite a few acoustic songs. *Michelle*, written mainly by Paul using bits and pieces from something he originally had as a lighthearted French sounding ditty, is a great example of one of these. The guitar is played with a capo at the 5^th fret, creating a somewhat delicate sound. This lesson includes the guitar accompaniment, as well as the short lead incorporated into a Chord Solo.
Lesson 4: Penny Lane - Guitar Lesson
Another song that on first glance doesn't seem very playable, Penny Lane can be done by transposing it into a guitar friendly key (D Major), and focusing more on the moving bass part rather than rapid chord changes.
Lesson 5: With A Little Help From My Friends - Guitar Lesson
There are many nuances in the recorded version of With A Little Help From My Friends that are pretty challenging to incorporate into a solo guitar accompaniment version. This lesson talks about complex time signatures, works on a percussive strumming pattern using a lot of barre chords, and includes some of George’s lead fills.