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The Beatles could play any kind of music (when they started)
13 May 2010
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I don't know when but I read once that The Beatles were such excellent musicians that could play any type of music like cha-cha-cha or rock or folk or country. And that this was reflected in the influences they had while making their music.

 

 What do you think about this? Or it's just a statement made because they're The Beatles?

 

(My question is because I've just heard a Music teacher saying "If you can play anything in your guitar, that means
you have enough practice, and that means you are not only a talented but a good guitar player".)

 

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Ok, I can speak English, but sometimes I can't communicate in this language. Darn it.

 

My questions is about their skills as musicians.

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13 May 2010
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If I had to guess, I would say that could be true after their first trip to Hamburg. All those hours trying to keep drunk German gangsters entertained, they would have had to pick up something.

Their musical interests were certainly diverse.

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skye said:

If I had to guess, I would say that could be true after their first trip to Hamburg. All those hours trying to keep drunk German gangsters entertained, they would have had to pick up something.

Their musical interests were certainly diverse.


 

You are correct!

They played 4, 5, 6 hours every day in Hamburg and needed material.  So they learned (in addition to American rock & roll) country, blues, show tunes, old music hall standards, movie music...anything, really.

Even before that, their tastes were eclectic.  They knew the oldies of the 30s and 40s and adapted them to rock & roll.  And John's early proto-Beatles, the Quarrymen, were a "skiffle" band, which was an acoustic style like a bluegrass/country/folk/rockabilly/jug band amalgamation.  Skiffle was the thing for young Brits starting out because you didn't need electric gear, or even a bassist or drummer. 

The Beatles catalog we know and love was really just the tip of the iceberg of what they used to play.

 

15 May 2010
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Celebrated_Mr_K said:

 

You are correct!

They played 4, 5, 6 hours every day in Hamburg and needed material.  So they learned (in addition to American rock & roll) country, blues, show tunes, old music hall standards, movie music…anything, really.

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The Beatles catalog we know and love was really just the tip of the iceberg of what they used to play.

 


 

mhhh actually.. didn't John say once that their best work was never officially recorded? He said it was when they played in Germany…

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He said that their music died around the time of their first UK tour with Helen Shapiro: http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....-bradford/

Brian Epstein put us in suits and all that, and we made it very, very big. We sold out. The music was dead before we even went on the theatre tour of Britain. We were feeling shit already because we had to reduce an hour or two hours' play - and which we were glad in one way - to twenty minutes, and go on and repeat the same twenty minutes every night. The Beatles' music died then, as musicians. That's why we never improved as musicians. We killed ourselves then to make it - and that was the end of it. George and I are more inclined to say that. We always missed the club dates 'cause that's when we were playing music.

It's important to remember that The Beatles weren't entirely sure of their direction when they were starting out. That's why they played songs like Besame Mucho, Till There Was You, A Taste Of Honey, Three Cool Cats etc - they were trying to show how versatile they were as performers. In the UK in the early 60s singers were first and foremost entertainers, and they needed to fit into that scene. Later on, from the Please Please Me LP onwards, they were acclaimed for what was quickly identified as The Beatles' sound and could play music on their own terms, but it took them a while to get there.

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Joe said

He said that their music died around the time of their first UK tour with Helen Shapiro: http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....-bradford/

Brian Epstein put us in suits and all that, and we made it very, very big. We sold out. The music was dead before we even went on the theatre tour of Britain. We were feeling shit already because we had to reduce an hour or two hours' play - and which we were glad in one way - to twenty minutes, and go on and repeat the same twenty minutes every night. The Beatles' music died then, as musicians. That's why we never improved as musicians. We killed ourselves then to make it - and that was the end of it. George and I are more inclined to say that. We always missed the club dates 'cause that's when we were playing music.

It's important to remember that The Beatles weren't entirely sure of their direction when they were starting out. That's why they played songs like Besame Mucho, Till There Was You, A Taste Of Honey, Three Cool Cats etc - they were trying to show how versatile they were as performers. In the UK in the early 60s singers were first and foremost entertainers, and they needed to fit into that scene. Later on, from the Please Please Me LP onwards, they were acclaimed for what was quickly identified as The Beatles' sound and could play music on their own terms, but it took them a while to get there.

The trade-offs we make in life only knowing only a little sliver of the picture of what is to happen...if that much. Sorry, I'm just feeling a bit too philosophical tonight.

Oh, to have seen them cutting loose in Hamburg.

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