Our original set of Beatles lessons covers mostly acoustic tunes but includes one of the greatest rockers ever as well. A couple of them include parts that make good instrumentals as well.
Across The Universe is a song written by John Lennon that appeared on Let It Be. It opens with a couple of distinctive chords moving up and down the neck, then settles into a nice chord progression in the key of D. There are a few timing changes involved, as in many Beatles tunes.
Blackbird is a song every guitar player should learn how to play. This solo tune of Paul McCartney's uses a steady alternating picking technique that is a great place for beginning fingerpickers to start. The lesson also talks a bit about Paul's unorthodox technique that is on a more intermediate to advanced level.
Day Tripper is probably one of the best-recognized riff-based songs in the history of rock and roll. The main part of the song was probably written by John Lennon and that is mostly what this lesson focuses on. The tune then includes some barre chords in the chorus.
Dear Prudence is one of John Lennon's delicate fingerpicking pieces featuring the Travis-style accompaniment he learned from Donovan during their visit to India in 1968. It is played in Dropped D Tuning and is very consistent in the techniques needed.
Norwegian Wood is a simple folk song, written by John Lennon that includes a strumming technique where the melody is picked out on the middle strings in the course of strumming the chords. This is a bit of a simple example of a Chord Solo.
George Harrison really started coming into his own as a songwriter near the end of the Beatles career and Something may be his crowning achievement as a member of the group. This lesson looks mainly at the way George played it solo, in the key of A, the way it appeared on the Anthology album.
Two Of Us is another McCartney tune from the Let It Be album that is mostly a simple strummer but includes a nice opening riff, as well as a few time signature changes that make it important to count carefully.
Yellow Submarine was written by John and Paul as a tune for Ringo to sing. It is a very basic Campfire song, although there are some one-beat changes that can be somewhat challenging.
One of Paul's greatest songs Yesterday can be played with the simple strumming accompaniment that Paul used or plucked fingerstyle. This lesson looks at both approaches, as well as a way to turn it into a Chord Solo.
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away is one of John Lennon's folk-style songs that is from the movie Help. It includes mostly chords in the key of G that all keep your 4th finger on the high G (1st string, 3rd fret). It also includes a nice descending bass run leading from D to G that occurs in many other songs.