Our second 10-Pack from the Fab Four touches many of the styles that they were renowned for covering. We have sentimental ballads, fingerpicking songs, simple strumming songs with fascinating chord progressions, a little bluegrass flatpicking, some with psychedelic tendencies, and a couple of electric guitar specialties.
Lesson 1: And I Love Her - Guitar Lesson
And I Love Her is another one or our most requested Beatles songs. This multi-part TARGET Lesson teaches both the rhythm guitar part and a short look at GeorgeРІР‚в„ўs lead.
Lesson 2: Birthday - Guitar Lesson
*Birthday*is a classic example of taking a simple riff, dropping it into a 12-bar blues format, adding some catchy vocals over a short chord progression, throwing in a little drum break and lead guitar fill, and creating great rock and roll in a matter of just a couple of days. Paul came up with the main riff and had most of the song done by the time the rest of the band was back in the studio. This lesson includes a Campfire Version, the way I like to have beginners learn the basics of the song, as well as a One-Man Band Version where the rhythm guitar and bass parts are combined into something a bit more challenging. The lead section includes some techniques more commonly done on an electric guitar, bends, slides, and quick hammer-on pull-off combinations.
Lesson 3: Hey Jude - Guitar Lesson
This TARGET Short lesson on Hey Jude takes Paul McCartney's piano tune and looks at it as a simple strumming song, more in the Campfire style. It also includes a sing-along and some tips on turning it into an instrumental by picking out the melody, although many of the specific details are left up to the student.
Lesson 4: I've Just Seen A Face - Guitar Lesson
I've Just Seen A Face is a bluegrass flavored flatpicking song of Paul McCartney's from the Beatles' album Help. The accompaniment includes a fast country pattern of hitting bass notes, some of which are hammered on, and also uses passing notes to connect the chords. The lesson also goes over two acoustic guitar parts played as an intro, and George's short lead break.
Lesson 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
This TARGET 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.
Lesson 10: I’ll Follow The Sun - Guitar Lesson
I'll Follow The Sun is a very early Paul McCartney song with a very simple chord progression and short lead. This 'Campfire' song is very playable by beginning guitar players as soon as you can play an F chord, although the barred version is preferable. We also look at incorporating the 8-note lead into the strumming.