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While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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I wasn't trying to be curt.  Sorry if I came off that way.

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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy said
I wasn't trying to be curt.  Sorry if I came off that way.

No problem.  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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I've heard that the ending to the Anthology WMGGW was looped. Is there a non-looped version out there, and if so, where can I find it? Thanks in advance... 

(I love the acoustic version 500 times better...) 

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Silly Girl said
I've heard that the ending to the Anthology WMGGW was looped. Is there a non-looped version out there, and if so, where can I find it? Thanks in advance... 

(I love the acoustic version 500 times better...) 

Yes.  Right here.

 

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THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! beatlemaniacs_02_gif

*jumps up and down while shrieking wildly* 

Because I play that song on my gently weeping guitar, but I find it difficult impossible to do the fade-out, and I wasn't sure how I should do it, but now I feel better about making up a different ending and that bit at the end where he says 'Let's hear that back' is FAAAAB and... *runs out of oxygen*  

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A lot of things about WMGGW make it an amazing song. The lyrics aren't about anything in particular, but they can be relatable and effective. The entire guitar arrangement is perfection. The song never gets boring, as there is always a change of pace from the chorus to the bridge. Even the acoustic anthology version is beautiful. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I don't know if I or anyone else has mentioned this but the lead guitar style in While My Guitar Gently Weeps , in its minorish sadly elegant stylings, where the bluesiness is tempered by melodic beauty, seems to be perhaps one of the first -- if not the first -- in that mode that later would be rather massively explored by the guitarist Carlos Santana as he unfolded his career from 1969 forward.  One doesn't quite hear it in any other rock guitarist other than George and Carlos; at least not to my ears...

For those who may be unfamiliar with Carlos and want to hear what I'm referring to, consider:

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You know of course it wasn't George on lead….But Eric may have been 'George inspired'….It doesn't quite sound like anything else Eric played before …….or almost since. Did he do it in one take?

 

Here's Santana's version that you might not have come across.

 

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Woops, thanks Atlas.  I'm not that knowledgeable of Clapton's output over the years, but it's my impression that While My Guitar Gently Sleeps was rather unusual for him in style (perhaps the only other one similar would be the lead guitar in "Layla").  I suspect George's style was rubbing off on him here and there but not overall.

Yes thanks, I'd heard Santana's version, though I was so unimpressed at the time that I'd forgotten about it!

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I think you're right that Eric was trying to sound Beatlely which means like George.

Here's an excerpt from wiki…..

 

"The band recorded the song several times. Take 1 on 25 July 1968 involved Harrison on his Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar and an overdubbed harmonium.[15] Sessions on 16 August and 3 and 5 September included a version with a backward (or "backmasked") guitar solo[1] (as Harrison had done for "I'm Only Sleeping " on Revolver [16]), but Harrison was not satisfied.[1] On 6 September 1968, during a ride from Surrey into London, Harrison asked friend Eric Clapton to contribute lead guitar to the song. Clapton was reluctant; he said, "Nobody ever plays on the Beatles' records"; but Harrison convinced him and Clapton's guitar parts, using Harrison's Gibson Les Paul electric guitar "Lucy" (a recent gift from Clapton), were recorded that evening.[4] Harrison later said that in addition to his contribution, Clapton's presence had another effect on the band: "It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behaviour."[4] Clapton wanted a more "Beatley" sound, so the sound was run through an ADT circuit with "varispeed", with engineer Chris Thomas manually 'waggling' the oscillator: "apparently Eric said that he didn't want it to sound like him. So I was just sitting there wobbling the thing, they wanted it really extreme, so that's what I did."

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps " was one of three songs on The Beatles that Paul McCartney experimented with the Fender Jazz Bass (the others being "Glass Onion " and "Yer Blues ") instead of his Hofner and Rickenbacker basses.[17] According to Walter Everett's book The Beatles as Musicians, John Lennon 's electric guitar is only audible in the coda with the tremolo switched on."

 

Trying to sound beatleley did us all a favour……He should try that again sometime.

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Aside from perhaps Strawberry Fields Forever , this is my all-time favorite Beatles song.  It just reeks soul from every pore.

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I just realised that I learnt to play this song (Anthology style) just one year ago yesterday. 

Why do I remember, you ask?... Well, for one thing, I remember rubbish like that. For another thing, I specifically recall learning it in honour of George's birthday. a-hard-days-night-george-4 

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How fantastic is this song, to me George was the real dark horse of The Beatles, I love his songs 

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Ever since I watched George Harrison 's Last Testament back when I was like 13, I cant help but hearing George call out "Paul! Paul! Paul!" at the end of the song.

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I used to prefer the acoustic version so much more that I didn't even like the WA one, but it's grown on me. I have certainly gained an an appreciation for Eric's guitar playing in the track -- normally I'm not a huge fan of Clapton, but he does channel the Harrisonics here, and it sounds very good. Kind of iconic lead-guitar playing, I can see why it inspired George. 

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One of my favourite Beatles' songs- probably tied for Number 1 along with Norwegian Wood - sheer and utter brilliance (but then she would say that wouldn't she, being a massive Clapton and Harrison fan).

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I'm a hue fan of Clapton. A friend of mine (Beatles fan of course) doesn't like him. But you should have seen his face when I told him Clapton played that solo. 

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Do you know who doubled Paul's bass during the choruses, I think it was George (similar to his Strat doubling Paul's bass in Drive My Car ), but I'm not sure.

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I was listening to this one the other day and that piano part that Paul plays at the start of the song really stood out to me as a great little contribution, an example of the kind of teamwork that made them great. 

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Interesting interview with Eric Clapton about "Lucy", the Les Paul he gave George, that got given back for him to play on this...

Some nice details from Eric about how it came about...

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