What order to learn The Beatles?

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  1. Journey55

    Journey55 Supporting Member

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    Hello all,
    I got The Beatles Complete Scores book for Christmas so I figured I might as well learn them all (some people say Macca's the best bassist ever so maybe I can learn a thing or two lol). The only problem is that I don't know where to start....should I start chronologically, alphabetically, alphabetically by album, or some other pattern? Any suggestions would be appreciated
     
  2. Matt R.

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    Start with what you like best. I have that book as well. Great resource.
     
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  3. Staredge

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    Pick up the book. Open to a page. Find the beginning of the song. Learn. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. :bassist:
     
  4. TigerInATrance

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    I'd start with the earliest stuff and work through chronologically. Remember that Paul wasn't a bassist to start out so I'd think it would be very cool to actually see how he progressed.
     
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  6. jmverdugo

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    I'd start with Eleanor Rigby, the baseline is remarkable easy.
     
  7. Shakin-Slim

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    +1
     
  8. skwee

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    A couple of years ago my wife got me a Beatles fakebook. I just flip through randomly and play through tunes that come up. Good exercise!
     
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    Start with a couple of early songs (Money, Do You Want Know a Secret or the like) and work your up through a mid-career tune or two and then on to Sgt. Peppers or Come Together of something from the last couple of albums.
     
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    I'm a looser is a great example of some of McCartney's early melodic playing.

    Looser, Saw her Standing there, Something, oh Darling, Mean Mr Mustard medley, Rain, Drive my Car, to mention a few classics
     
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    +1 It is fun to listen to how he developed from Kansas City /Hey Hey Hey to a Day In The Life.
     
  12. JimK

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    Great book for study & fun.
    I have had mine for years...have some/most/all the typos been corrected? Man, it's full of 'em.
     
  13. Basstreble

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    Like what everyone else said: start with some of the earlier songs. Paul wasn't as advanced as he was once he recorded Revolver. Also you can play just of the roots of the songs at first, and then add in all of the fills once you've gotten used to it. That is what Paul did when he recorded. He spent many hours overdubbing.
     
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    anything you can learn from Paul would be a good music lesson.
     
  15. Journey55

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    I was leaning towards this for that very reason, I just wanted to see what input you TBers could provide, thanks!
     
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    I don't have The Complete Scores yet I'm just starting with the Red Album (1962-1966) which I understand has some mistakes in it but I figure that figuring out the mistakes will be good for my Buddha-Awful ear! :D But just looking at the truncated song list it's fascinating to see/hear the evolution of PM. The 1st ones could be classified as "Root-5th's with a Few Runs" and a couple of "Quasi Walking Bass with a Few Runs". Then the growing appearance of what I saw somewhere called something like "The Pop-Rock Bass Rhythm" which is "dotted Quarter, Eighth" then variations but usually ending the measure with an Eighth note IIRC. Once I became aware of it I started seeing it everywhere. Then the appearance of quintessentially Paul licks as in "Drive My Car" & "Day Tripper." And earlier (I think) on "And I Love Her" he uses what could be called a partial chords, i.e. 2-note sections.

    As Chris Berman used to say: This just in: Paul McCartney is a pretty darn good bass player! :bassist::hyper:
     
  17. mellowinman

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    Start with Paul, then George, then John, and save Ringo for last. He's the hardest one to learn.
     
  18. Ralph Notoro

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    Top to bottom, then bottom to top.

    You won't get all of it note for note. In fact, when you go back and review they'll be surprises for many years to come. Mac is a genius without an ounce of flash.
     
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    I need that book.

    If it were me, I'd start with my favorite song, that being "PLease Please Me."
     
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    just learn the ringo stuff, forget the rest
     

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