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Guitar strumming pattern/rhythm for We Can Work it Out?
3 October 2014
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I’ve been trying to learn this song and have been having a bit of trouble with the pattern for the verse/chorus.  The bridge/middle seems fairly straight-forward (all down-strums and picking the root note at the “waltz” part).  Anyways what I’ve been trying is



Down-Down-Up-Down-Up-Down-(hammer-on the Dsus4)-Up  Down-Down-Up Down-Up-Down-Up(hammer-on) Down-Down (change to C)Down-Down-Up-Down-Up (back to D) Down-Down-Up-Down-Up


Down-Up-Down-Up (G-to-D) Down (D-to-G) Down-Up-Down-Up (D-to-A) Down

Anyone with experience playing this know a more accurate pattern (or if this is anywhere near correct?)?  I’m relatively new at playing guitar (well, have been playing for close to a year) so I apologize if the pattern I wrote above isn’t entirely clear.  Anyways can someone please help me work it out :) (sorry, couldn’t resist >_>

3 October 2014
Starr Shine?
Waiting in the sky
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ahdn_paul_06 Hello and welcome to the forum!


Have you tried looking at them preforming the song? Under the spoiler is the We Can Work It Out Promo


Edit: Sorry the Promo isn’t good. But you could tried real concert performances

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3 October 2014
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The promo isn’t going to be accurate as they are just miming. George didn’t play on the record, and it is definitely not a 335 as John was using an acoustic prob. his J-160E. I haven’t analysed the video intently but there are some places where it doesn’t match.

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3 October 2014
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Thanks, glad to be here!

I did try to look at some videos of Paul McCartney playing it live (The MTV Unplugged one in particular) but had a hard time determining it from that, I’ll give it another go though.  I’ve mostly learned by looking up some tutorials on Youtube, but most of them seem to be doing something different and none of them sound quite “right” to me either.  The pattern I’ve been trying myself (kind of a mish-mash of everything I’ve seen suggested) sounds okay to me but still off in some parts like the part of the verse in C.  Maybe I’m just trying to be too much of a perfectionist though.

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