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Yesterday
15 February 2010
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PeterWeatherby
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Always loved this song.  Always had a bit of a hard time playing it, though, because it's in F, so playing it "straight" on the guitar means using lots of ham-fisted bar chords throughout.  And it never seemed to have that nice, bassy resonance that I heard on the album.

And then the Anthology discs came out, and there was "Yesterday", but with all the pre-recording banter.  Paul says, presumably to George, "It'll be in F ... for you."  That's when I realized that he was playing it in G, but with his guitar tuned down an entire step: DGCFAD

The chords usually run like this:

Verse: F - Em7 - A7 - Dm - Bb - C - F - Dm - G7 - Bb - F

Bridge: Em7 - A7 - Dm (descending) - Gm - C - F

In the new, dropped tuning, the chords all go up a full step, the voicings naturally change, and everything fits into place:

Verse: G - F#m7 - B7 - Em - C - D - G - Em - A7 - C - G

Bridge: F#m7 - B7 - Em (descending) - Am - D - G

Not a bit like Cagney.
15 February 2010
3.28pm
mjb
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PeterWeatherby said:

And then the Anthology discs came out, and there was "Yesterday", but with all the pre-recording banter.  Paul says, presumably to George, "It'll be in F ... for you."  That's when I realized that he was playing it in G, but with his guitar tuned down an entire step: DGCFAD

Ah-hah, that's what he meant.  Always wondered why it was "F for YOU" Embarassed

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15 February 2010
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PeterWeatherby
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mjb said:
Ah-hah, that's what he meant.  Always wondered why it was "F for YOU" Embarassed


Yeah, come to think of it, Paul says it flat-out: "It'll be in F, for you ... I'm in G."

Ding!  Light-bulb goes on for me, and suddenly the entire song is easier to play (and sounds better, too).

Not a bit like Cagney.
15 February 2010
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Joe
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Thanks for that! I never knew. I've always tried playing it in F. I presumed the "...for you" comment was due to the string instruments being in a different key, but on reflection I don't think they are.

Do you think he played an open or barred G chord? Barred seems more likely if he then dropped a semitone for the F#m7.

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15 February 2010
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PeterWeatherby
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Joe said:

Do you think he played an open or barred G chord? Barred seems more likely if he then dropped a semitone for the F#m7.


Open, actually, in more ways than one.  "Open" voicing, but it's also an "open 5th" chord, so you don't get to hear the 3rd (the B natural).  It's formed like so:

DGCFAD

-----------

3x0033

And the following F#m7 sounds like it's voiced this way (with the thumb fretting the bass note):

DGCFAD

-----------

2x222x

Everything else sounds pretty standard from there on, except for the closing chords (where he's singing the "mmm" bit), which he only plays on the upper two strings:

xxxx33 ---> xxxx23 ---> xxxx13 ---> xxxx33

Not a bit like Cagney.
15 February 2010
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Joe
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Wow, thanks for that. You're able to hear these things much more clearly than I can. I just bash away at the chords...

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16 February 2010
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RonnieRIG
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I have a Beatles acoustic tab book. This song is definitely tuned down a whole step. You can pick it out pretty clearly just on the first chord, it's an F, but there's much more life to it than just a barre chord.

16 February 2010
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On line guitar lessons from Peter - I love it!

Be carefull though as you'll end up transcribing every song for us all Laugh

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16 February 2010
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mjb said:

On line guitar lessons from Peter - I love it!

Be carefull though as you'll end up transcribing every song for us all Laugh


I can only do the bits I already know. Smile

Not a bit like Cagney.
9 March 2010
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PeterWeatherby said:

mjb said:

On line guitar lessons from Peter - I love it!

Be carefull though as you'll end up transcribing every song for us all Laugh


I can only do the bits I already know. Smile

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