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'Complete Scores' book, rhythm guitar, chord fingerings -- open?
16 June 2020
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Hey (bull)dogs,

I recently had the idea to pursue playing/recording some Beatles songs ostensibly as they were played by the Beatles themselves in the recordings, having known about the existence of this text (Complete Scores).

Looking at early(er) songs I was surprised to see the rhythm chords prescribed in open position.  Having seen a little concert footage, I know John mostly seems to use a couple movable chord-shapes.

I also noticed in the text that the strumming patterns are relatively involved compared to how John strums in the footage, where he seems to go simply upstroke-downstroke almost always.

16 June 2020
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Hey JohnM

I can't really give you any concrete detail (others on here will) but my hypothesis for the strumming patterns is that ij the studio he got more technical, and on stage he simplified it. That's pretty common in the music world so it wouldn't surprise me.

But again I don't actually know, so take that with a grain of salt! 

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1 July 2020
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JohnM, sheet music, especially guitar music, is often written for the most basic of players to understand. So, whilst John may have played a G Major barred at the 3rd fret, sheet music would just show the open chord for simplicity. Unfortunately, this means that following the music this way will not give as accurate a rendition as you might like. Tablature music for guitar is often written with a more accurate reflection on a recorded version of the song (although not always the Beatles version) as it shows the finger positions on the strings rather than a simplified chord pattern.

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