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Learn Guitar: Play Beatles Songs On Guitar

  At some point of your guitar playing career, you will discover
  The Beatles, in fact some players never recover from this
  intoxicating musical experience.

  It's hard to imagine the musical world without this famous group.
  Whether you are an ardent Beatles fan or a working musician in a
  cover's band it's important to able to authentically play some

  There has been hundreds of articles, books etc written about The
  Beatles telling the reader "what" the Beatles did, I'm going to
  approach The Beatles music from a different perspective and look
  at "why" they did it.

  By understanding "why" a particular group chose certain musical
  resources the guitarist/musician moves from merely imitating a
  sound to being able to create his or her own sound based on
  proven time tested musical examples and formulas... and as we all
  know The Beatles formula certainly works!

  As most guitarists own an acoustic guitar the following tips are
  offered primarily in mind, however these ideas can be applied to
  electric guitar as well.

  Tip 1. Blues progressions

  Often guitarists underestimate the importance of learning
  recognizing blues chord progressions by ear, in fact the term
  'Blues' often conjures up images of smokey jazz clubs etc.,
  something that the rock or pop guitarist may have no particular
  interest in at present.

  It's important to keep in mind how groups like the Beatles learnt
  their craft. Countless hours of jamming with a good dose of blues
  chord progressions resulting in songs such as:

   Boys/ Chains/ Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Money (That's What I Want)

   In addition to these blues based original compositions The
   Beatles or individual members of The Beatles often recorded
   cover versions of well known blues based tunes such as Kansas
   City and Be Bop A Lula (By Paul McCartney -Unplugged Album).

  Tip 2. Harmonized scale

  The Beatles are a very interesting group to study because of
  their mixture of blues styled songs blended with traditional
  classical music principals.

  Whereas the blues scale is one of the most unique and frequently
  used scale in pop/ rock music because of it's flexibility and
  feeling The Beatles were aware of the benefit of using
  contrasting musical material that stem from European musical
  culture i.e., the European diatonic scales.

  Listen to the final set of chords in "Let It Be" and you will
  hear a good example of how Paul McCartney harmonized scale in the
  descending chord progression.

  "Let It Be" is in the key of C Major which produces the following
  chords: C major / D minor/ E minor/ F major/ G major/ A minor/ B

  As example of how Paul applies the harmonized scale would be if
  the basic chord progression is F major to C major, Paul would
  often play: F major to E minor then D minor and finally arrive at
  C major.

  As you can see he simply played the two minor chords that exist
  in between the F major chord and the C major.

  Tip 3.  Slash chords

  This is a favorite of the Beatles, a slash chord is written in
  the following manner: A/B

  In this example the chord is represented by the first letter
  whilst the second letter identifies the specific bass note the
  composer wants to hear.

  Therefore our chord would be an "A" major chord with a "B" note
  in the bass.

  Have a listen to "The Long And Winding Road" for a classic
  example of this ambiguous sounding chord.

  After the lyrics ... "The Long And Winding Road", you will hear
  two chords, that's our slash chords.

  There's a wealth of rich chord progressions and musical ideas in
  the music of The Beatles waiting to be discovered by the
  guitarist with an inquiring mind. Persistent, patient study will
  reveal many new sounds that can be applied to all styles of

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