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The toughest Beatles song to learn

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Darkhorse1962, May 10, 2018.

  1. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Nice job on the vocals. But I was waiting to hear the crystalline guitar tone at the end.
  2. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    At tonight's rehearsal we did a couple new to us, "Rock & Roll Music" and "Ballad of John and Yoko" - a couple of fairly easy ones that rock pretty good. That particular band is gettin' out-of-control, 85 songs on our list now and adding 2 or 3 a month still :wideyed:. Other Beatles songs we do:
    Back in the USSR
    Birthday (This is a tougher one IMO)
    Day Tripper (This is a tougher one IMO)
    Eight Days a Week
    Hard Day's Night
    I Saw Her Standing There
    Nowhere Man (I presently fake this one over the chords :( but it sounds OK)
  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Among the many Beatles songs we did, we also did some Wings songs:

    Here are most of the Beatles songs we did:

    Day Tripper
    Get Back
    Let it Be-Hey Jude
    Paperback Writer
    This Boy
    Ticket To Ride
    Two of Us
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    And these related songs:

    The Beatnix: Stairway to Heaven

    Ringo Starr: It Don't Come Easy

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  4. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    No Rutles?
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  5. Ikons2


    Mar 15, 2018
    The hardest thing about playing Beatles bass lines is the 432 hz tuning! Always have to tune my bass down slightly to play along with most of their recordings.
  6. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Tony Bacon & Gareth Morgan wrote a book called Paul McCartney: Playing the Great Beatles Basslines. It does a deep dive into nine songs with transcriptions and analyses.
    • Drive My Car
    • In My Life
    • The Word
    • You Won't See Me
    • Rain
    • Taxman
    • I'm Only Sleeping
    • Lovely Rita
    • Dear Prudence
    Great learning tool, but the most interesting point (for me) was this: the most intricate, complex Beatles basslines are usually on songs that where the lead singer was John Lennon. Paul McCartney is a master at playing and singing simultaneously, but these examples suggest even the great one has limits where you'll get better results on bass when producing vocals aren't a distraction.
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  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    No, but we did consider this band's songs.

    The Whootles!.
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  8. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    "Drive My Car" is one of my favorite bass songs, though I don't know how difficult it is.
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  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nowhere Man is one of my favorites. I wish the bass was mixed louder, but here is a live video of my band performing it from a few years ago:

    I learned it decades ago, but went back and re-learned after this video was taken. I/m fortunate that we have plenty of vocalists so I don't have to sing (which is a good thing.)
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  10. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    This is cool, I think I've watched some of your band's videos before.
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  11. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    I owned the White Book with all the Beatles transcriptions. Reading the fine print ruined my eyes.
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  12. It's not hard, but it's not really a bass line, either. It's a bass solo posing as a bass line. And it's fun and it's beautiful. It's the best example of why Paul McCartney was not just a very good bassist, but a great musician.
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  13. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Unfortunately, I'm not that fortunate...I usually get stuck with the George middle part.
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  14. richntiff

    richntiff Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern Wisconsin
    I’m sorry. I like the Beatles. I innately respect and admire their HUGE contribution to music the world over. However - the music is not difficult to play. That doesn’t mean it’s not great - because it is - but it’s not difficult for a bassist of even moderate proficiency ( me, on a good day)
  15. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Every guitarist, drummer or bass player I have been in a band with who has said this disappoints me greatly when we cover a Beatles song. Their music is easy to play yes; difficult to play and sound good, however.
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  16. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thank you!
  17. Guitalia


    Jun 7, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Harrison said that he disliked the ultra-busy line that McCartney played on Something. Notice that McCartney's bass parts on his own slow ballads are always very simple.
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  18. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    It's a tour 'd force of McCartney. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, runs of various lengths, slides, some shredding (before there even was shredding), some 10 fret per second glissandos, and lots of other cool things.

    I only got so close...
  19. Tony Johnson

    Tony Johnson Guest

    Jun 27, 2018
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  20. Skokiaan


    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
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