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PS I Love You

How To Play P.S. I Love You

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Paul McCartney wrote this song in Hamburg, Germany while The Beatles were the house band at The Star Club, where they spent much of 1962 improving their skills with constant live performances. An early favorite, the band performed the song at their Parlophone Records audition on June 6, 1962.

This is a great example of how the group forged a very personal relationship with their fans through songs that spoke directly to the listener. The words “I,” “You,” “Me” and “Love” show up in many of their early hits, creating a strong connection between band and listener.

This was used as the B-side of “Love Me Do,” the first Beatles release in England. It was going to be their first single, but Peggy Lee had a song out with the same title so the record company decided to release “Love Me Do” instead.

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How To Play “Love Me Do” – Guitar Lesson

This guitar lesson on how to play “Love Me Do” from The Beatles’ Please Please Me album is brought to us by Les Titford. Check out his youtube channel/user – greenplectrumfilms.

Les is a Beatles fan way back in 1965 when he was just 10 years old! The albums Rubber Soul through to Sgt. Peppers is his most favorite albums.

According to Les, these albums contained the cleverest songs and lyrics as well as some of the most innovative recording techniques used up to that point (excluding Yellow Submarine)

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How To Play “I’ll Be Back”

This post and video tutorial will try teach you how to play “I’ll Be Back”. This is the final song on A Hard Day’s Night. I’ll Be Back was written mostly by John Lennon, and was a reworking of the chords to Del Shannon’s 1961 hit Runaway.

The Beatles recorded “I’ll Be Back” in 16 takes on 1 June 1964. The first nine were of the rhythm track, and the last seven were overdubs of the lead and harmony vocals, and a guitar overdub by Paul McCartney.[5]

The Anthology 1 CD includes take two of “I’ll Be Back”, performed in 6/8 time. The recording broke down when Lennon fumbled over the words in the bridge, complaining on the take that “it’s too hard to sing.” The subsequent take, also included on Anthology, was performed in the 4/4 time used in the final take.

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I Should Have Known Better Tutorial

How To Play “I Should Have Known Better”

“I Should Have Known Better” is a song by English rock band the Beatles composed by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and originally issued on A Hard Day’s Night, their soundtrack for the film of the same name released July 10, 1964.

This particular song was issued as the B-side of the U.S. single A Hard Day’s Night released July 13, 1964. An orchestrated version of the song conducted by George Martin appears on the North American version of the album, A Hard Day’s Night Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

On this tutorial post, you will learn how to play “I should have known better”. You will learn the guitar chords and strumming patter which is the two important things to know. You will also learn the licks used or the little solo.

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How To Play “Can’t Buy Me Love”

“Can’t Buy Me Love” is more of Paul McCartney’s song and credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was released by the Beatles on the A-side of their sixth British single, “Can’t Buy Me Love”/”You Can’t Do That”.

While in Paris, the Beatles stayed at the five star George V hotel and had an upright piano moved into one of their suites so that song writing could continue.[6] It was here that McCartney wrote “Can’t Buy Me Love.” The song was written under the pressure of the success achieved by “I Want to Hold Your Hand” which had just reached number one in America. When producer George Martin first heard “Can’t Buy Me Love” he felt the song needed changing: “I thought that we really needed a tag for the song’s ending, and a tag for the beginning; a kind of intro. So I took the first two lines of the chorus and changed the ending, and said ‘Let’s just have these lines, and by altering the second phrase we can get back into the verse pretty quickly.'” And they said, “That’s not a bad idea, we’ll do it that way”.

The song’s verse is a twelve bar blues in structure, a formula that the Beatles seldom applied to their own material

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How To Play “Chains”

This post will learn how to play “Chains”. Chains is one of those early cover songs that the Beatles did and this one was included in their first commercially released album – Please Please Me.

“Chains” is a song composed by the Brill Building husband-and-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded (but not released by) The Everly Brothers. In 1962 it was a hit for Little Eva’s backing singers, The Cookies (#17 U.S. Pop, #7 R&B),[1] and later covered by English rock group The Beatles.

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How To Play “I Saw Her Standing There”

On this post, you will learn to play the, hands down, best rock and roll song of the time. I Saw Her Standing There was recorded during the marathon session on 11 February 1963, which yielded the majority of tracks on the Please Please Me LP. It was recorded under its working title, Seventeen.

The Beatles frequently played this at the Cavern Club, where they often played between 1961-1963. In fact, it was because of the crowd reaction to their live shows that George Martin decided to have them simply record their live show in the studio for their first album. That’s why he kept Paul’s “1, 2, 3, 4” count at the beginning, which was taken from the 9th take and edited on to the first. The title was originally “Seventeen” until it was changed for the album.

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How To Play “Thank You Girl”

“Thank You Girl” is a song by the Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Lennon–McCartney) was issued as the B-side of the single “From Me to You”, which was recorded on the same day (5 March 1963).

Lennon said the song was originally intended as a single: “‘Thank You Girl’ was one of our efforts at writing a single that didn’t work. So it became a B-side or an album track.”[5] In April 1972, he told Hit Parader, “[The song was written by] Paul and me. This was just a silly song we knocked off.” McCartney seemed to agree describing it as “a bit of a hack song, but all good practice.”

On this post, we will learn how to play this song on the guitar.

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