This new lessons package includes songs from our individual Beatles Lessons Packages Volumes 1,2,3
Lesson 1: Day Tripper - Guitar Lesson
Day Tripper contains one of the greatest rock riffs ever written and would have to qualify as one of the most instantly recognizable tunes around. You really only need to hear a couple of notes to Name-That-Tune. Like many Beatles songs, Day Tripper is rooted in the blues. John takes a very catchy riff, plays it twice, moves it up a fourth, then back, in the manner of the first 8 bars of a 12-bar-blues progression. At this point it diverts from the formula and continues through a series of seventh chords before finally landing where we would expect, on the dominant chord
Lesson 2: 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.
Lesson 3: I’m Looking Through You - Guitar Lesson
Rubber Soul included many acoustic oriented songs and Paul’s I’m Looking Through You was one of those that had a nice folk-swing feel to it. This lesson covers the way it was played on that original release, as well as an earlier outtake that appeared on Beatles Anthology 2 in the mid-1990s. That version had more of a bluesy feel to it. The lesson also includes a short organ fill that fits nicely into a barred G chord.
Lesson 4: 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.
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.
Lesson 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.
Here we are in May of 2021 and I was asked to add tab and a clip on the solo intro I played 11 years ago.
Lesson 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: Across The Universe - Guitar Lesson
Across The Universe is a John Lennon tune that originally appeared on a benefit album for the World Wildlife Fund (the real WWF!) and later appeared on Let It Be. The most authentic version can be found on the reissue Let It BeРІР‚В¦ Naked. The song opens with a short melody, harmonized in 6ths, played on the 1st and 3rd strings, before settling into a little strumming over F#m and A. The verse has an interesting variation in a couple of spots where John puts an extra beat of A in a measure to let the words flow a little smoother.
Lesson 15: Blackbird - Guitar Lesson
The Beatles spent part of the summer of 1968 in India on a retreat with followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The English folksinger Donovan showed both Paul and John a guitar accompaniment style known as Travis Picking. Paul’s right hand technique has all the notes being played with the thumb and index finger. His index finger never really picks out a single string, it is more of a brush across 2 or 3 strings, and is brushing down or being pinched with the thumb on the beats, and brushing softly up between the beats
Lesson 16: Here Comes The Sun - Guitar Lesson
Here Comes The Sun is a lesson we have had a partial version of here at TG since the early days. Neil has finally put together the complete version for our Target Program.
The song was written by George Harrison in Eric Clapton’s garden, as the winter of 1969 was turning to spring in England. This lesson goes into detail about the techniques George used to create this acoustic masterpiece.
Lesson 17: Dear Prudence - Guitar Lesson
The main guitar part is played in Dropped D Tuning (DADGBE) and John keeps a steady bass pattern going that plays the 5th string as the first bass note in each measure, alternating 5-4-6-4. The progression cycles through 4 measures where the 1st bass note goes from A to C to B to Bb. The names of the chords get a little cumbersome here but it is fine to think of it all as a D chord with changing bass notes.
Lesson 18: Norwegian Wood - Guitar Lesson
Norwegian Wood is played in 12/8, where each measure consists of 4 repetitions of a simple 3/4 strumming pattern. The song is fingered in the key of D, but the guitar was played with a capo at the 2nd fret moving the tonal center (tonic) to E. It uses 2 different modes, the first section, starting on D major, uses the mixolydian mode (C natural in the scale rather than C#). The second section, starting on Dm is based on the melodic minor scale.
Lesson 19: Yesterday - Beatles - Guitar Lesson
The latest project has been Yesterday, where we take a look at both a guitar accompaniment version and a solo guitar arrangement. The accompaniment version is pretty much the way Paul played it and is a simple way to back up the vocal part. The instrumental arrangement is an intermediate-level fingerpicking piece that uses more of an arpeggio style than alternating bass notes.
Lesson 20: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Guitar Lesson
Lesson 21: Something - Guitar Lesson
The version of Something on Abbey Road is done in the key of C, modulating to A for the bridge. This arrangement we are looking at is based on George’s acoustic guitar demo of the song that was released on The Beatles Anthology III. This version is probably how George played it for his wife, Patti, in their kitchen in 1968. We are playing in the key of A, modulating to F# for the bridge. The intro riff, or melody is much easier to play in this key and leads me to believe that this is the key George wrote it in, if he wrote it on guitar. There are conflicting stories about this. Most composers who play the guitar tend to write things that lay comfortably under the fingers on the fretboard.
Lesson 22: Two Of Us - Guitar Lesson
Lesson 23: Yellow Submarine - Guitar Lesson
Lesson 24: I Feel Fine - Guitar Lesson
I Feel Fine is mostly a simple, but effective riff derived from the blues scale and applied to a modified 12-bar format. This song is also famous for being the first to use controlled feedback on a recording.
Lesson 25: I'll Be Back - Guitar Lesson
I'll Be Back is another example of a great Beatles tune that is mostly strumming but includes a clever opening lick, as well as shifts in tonality from major to minor, unlike anything else rock musicians were doing at the time.
Lesson 26: 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 27: 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 28: 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 29: 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 30: I Want You - Guitar Lesson
I Want You is a song with two distinct personalities, a gritty, bluesy section where the lead guitar doubles John's vocal, and a semi-classical keyboard arpeggio with a somewhat sinister sound. Both parts are addressed in this lesson with the arpeggios being done fingerstyle and the bluesy section with standard flat picking technique.