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Playing The Beatles music on guitar
29 January 2013
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I recently bought an acoustic guitar.  I have barely touched it, not due to a lack of interest but due to (still healing) wrist injuries, I have to be very careful.  Anyways, I bought a chord book, a Beatles songbook, and a Paul McCartney songbook.  I'm realizing that their, as well as Paul's music, is probably not the easiest material to start out on.  I know that I am a super beginner, but I find the chords they use are always really hard ones (even with their very early stuff).  Or the song will have mostly easy chords, with a couple really tough ones thrown in.  I get it.  It is The Beatles, they are effing Gods, so I don't find it at all surprising.  I started looking at other random songs by other artists and they are so much easier in comparison.  

I have seen that there are some guitarists on here so I was just looking for some advice.  Would it be best for me to start with easier stuff and eventually go on to do Beatles (and Paul's) stuff?  Other than "Mull of Kintyre" and "Lovely Linda" by Paul there are no easy songs to start with.  

 

Thanks!  a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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29 January 2013
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I've played acoustic guitar for over 30 years.  A nice fairly simple McCartney song would be "Every Night"

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo…..ls-vocals/

I know it looks complicated, but here's a trick:  For the complicated parts, just finger bass notes for each chord, then when he sings the "woo woo" part that's a good place to practice chords, since it's just E to A to E to B7 -- repeated over and over.

 

 

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30 January 2013
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LongHairedLady said
Would it be best for me to start with easier stuff and eventually go on to do Beatles (and Paul's) stuff?

I've always thought a good place to start is where they did, good old three-chord rock and roll. Reminds me of a music book I bought in the 80s, "The Best Rock'n'Roll Songs Ever". All the songs in it that The Beatles had covered were taken from their arrangements. To the degree that the sheet music for Honey Don't included Ringo's shout-outs to George!

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I am so sorry for going off-topic, but your remark about three-chord rock 'n' roll reminded me of a T-shirt I saw once. It said "Definition of a rock concert: Playing three chords in front of a million fans. Definition of a jazz concert: Playing a million chords in front of three fans."

I found it funny.

Okay, now, carry on with your on-topic conversation.

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30 January 2013
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mja6758 said

I've always thought a good place to start is where they did, good old three-chord rock and roll. Reminds me of a music book I bought in the 80s, "The Best Rock'n'Roll Songs Ever". All the songs in it that The Beatles had covered were taken from their arrangements. To the degree that the sheet music for Honey Don't included Ringo's shout-outs to George!

Good call!

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30 January 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
I am so sorry for going off-topic, but your remark about three-chord rock 'n' roll reminded me of a T-shirt I saw once. It said "Definition of a rock concert: Playing three chords in front of a million fans. Definition of a jazz concert: Playing a million chords in front of three fans."

I found it funny.

Okay, now, carry on with your on-topic conversation.

Very true.  a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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30 January 2013
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Sad but the bit about Jazz is true, but I like Rock and Roll too. John liked to use barred chords, 7's especially the B7 a lot. If you're trying to learn the guitar, I suggest that you don't learn his style as your first. His style is very distinctive. 

Get Back in it's simplicity is the easiest Beatle Song to play in my opinion (rhythm wise). As long as you don't play the Blues part A to A6, D to D6. The chords used are simply A major, D major, and G major. 

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
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31 January 2013
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Cheat!  Lol… Seriously.  As you learn proper technique you'll surely want to screw around on the side with some Beatles.  If you can't finger the whole chord just play it partial and only strike those strings.  If you can't switch fast enough for a chord heavy verse, skip the connector chord and let the previous chord ring.  Make it your own until you can play it properly.  Besides, it's just rock n' roll… Have fun!

 
Ps.  Capos can make life much easier though they will change the key.  
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1 February 2013
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…ontherun said
If you can't finger the whole chord just play it partial and only strike those strings.  If you can't switch fast enough for a chord heavy verse, skip the connector chord and let the previous chord ring.  Make it your own until you can play it properly.  Besides, it's just rock n' roll… Have fun!  

That's a great way to put it, thanks for the advice!  a-hard-days-night-george-10

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11 May 2013
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I am looking at a guitar I'm hopefully buying off of a coworker today, it's supposed to be a half-size.  I hope it's what I am expecting, because I think it will help my playing immensely.  My hands are pretty small, being a petite woman in general.  There are so many chords I just can't play on my regular sized acoustic.  I can play more on my electric but I prefer the acoustic…  so this could be perfection.  Can't wait!  a-hard-days-night-john-6heart

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

12 May 2013
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I play electric guitar, but it's the same six-string device, is it not? My favorite Beatles songs to play are Dear Prudence, and the recently learned Doctor Robert. Blackbird is easy if you learn it the right way, but I haven't done so yet; same goes for all of Paul's acoustic songs.. Help has good chords, and so does I'm Happy Just To Dance With You. Unfortunately, it's hard to find 100% correct chords online.

Paperback Writer is only two chords, as well. It's a good one to do if you want to switch C to G or G to C easily. I did so with I'm Only Sleeping though. It's G – C -G – B7, and switches faster.

Let it be known that I've only been playing since December, so I can do chords better than I could 6 months ago, but still not quite at any level considered good, yet. I've mainly learned that although some shapes seem gargantuan and ridiculous (look at George do that last chord in the Til There Was You solo.. WHAT?), but it gets easier to stretch your fingers as you play more. I take advantage of bar chords when doing rhythm as well; 

the chord in question

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12 May 2013
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That "Till There Was You" chord is one of the most awesome chords ever, I find it even hard to name it. It's best you learn using the acoustic guitar, as switching from the electric guitar to the acoustic is harder than switching from acoustic to electric. 

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
13 May 2013
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That chord is the best thing about the entire song! (Well, the whole solo's great, but the final chord is the best thing about it.)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
2 June 2013
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Update:  I bought that guitar and it's pretty cool!  A bit smaller and easier to play.  If I had to choose I still prefer the sound of my full size acoustic (sounds more rich and deep in comparison) but it's a great little guitar to practice on!  I have been playing "Another Day" a lot!  It's great song to learn on.  Lots of new chords that I learned from it, and as I keep practicing it, I am getting better and better.  

Funny Paper said
I've played acoustic guitar for over 30 years.  A nice fairly simple McCartney song would be "Every Night"

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo…..ls-vocals/

I know it looks complicated, but here's a trick:  For the complicated parts, just finger bass notes for each chord, then when he sings the "woo woo" part that's a good place to practice chords, since it's just E to A to E to B7 -- repeated over and over.

 

 

I have to try this one later, one of my favourites on that album!  heart

 

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2 June 2013
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Yeah, Every Night is a special song, one of the times McCartney pierced through to greatness (though the song is deceptively unassuming sounding).

But when playing the E chord, I'd advise you not to try the configuration Paul is doing -- I still have difficulty doing it, after 30 years of playing!  And it's particularly difficult to transition from that to any other chord (like to A).

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/1230250

 

 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8  Nice, thanks for the tips!  

 

I saw this on Youtube the other day:

It's only from his last tour, I wish he was doing it for this one!  It's perfect for him now, because his voice has gotten a bit lower over the years.  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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Thanks LHL, that was interesting.  Both videos show that apparently he requires two guitars to fill out what's heard (I just assumed it was one guitar on the record, strumming, then doing that rhythmic arpeggio at certain points -- so he likely double-tracked two guitars on the album).

 

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That's the problem I have playing "Two of Us".  It's actually pretty easy, but Paul and John and both playing an acoustic guitar, so it just doesn't sound right with one.  ahdn_paul_01

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I've been practicing a lot all weekend, and I discovered that "I Should Have Known Better" is great for practicing!  The chords are simple, and it's a good practice going back from G to D fairly quick.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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LongHairedLady said
I've been practicing a lot all weekend, and I discovered that "I Should Have Known Better" is great for practicing!  The chords are simple, and it's a good practice going back from G to D fairly quick.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

I've never tried that one.  There are so many Beatles songs I've never tried!  I'm ashamed!  But I did finally learn the Mexican classic Farolito recently, so that makes up for it…

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