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Most Difficult Beatles Song to Play?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by LarryM, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. LarryM

    LarryM Tele-Holic

    Feb 27, 2010
    Ok, it's 2 guitars playing in harmony, ...But a lot of people(including me)
    didn't know that!
    It can be played on 1 guitar, but it isn't easy...

    Honorable Mention: How the Hell did he get that sound on She Said She Said?! - Sounds like a Vox w/ mucho treble, or a fuzz box, or both?


  2. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc
    yeah, it's a tough one. very inventive lead work.

    btw, did you know "She Said She Said" is one of the very few Beatle tracks that Paul does not play on. something about an argument in the studio and he went home, so George did the bass on it.

  3. RocknDrTom

    RocknDrTom Tele-Holic

    Aug 20, 2009
    Lumberport, WV
    I think the most difficult Beatles song to play is "Revolution #9"

  4. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    I want to tell you took a while to learn. I dont like to cheat and always try to learn songs off the records and I remember that one taking a while. Hey Bulldog is a fun one to.

  5. <jbc>

    <jbc> Tele-Holic

    Dec 9, 2007
    As a warm up, I'd suggest Lennon's "Love", solo version:


  6. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Been working on recording some Beatles tunes lately with a good friend of mine. Got a pretty good version of Dear Prudence and lately have been working on She Loves You which is not too hard from a guitar, bass and drums point of view but nailing the vocals is brutally hard. If you want to hear the unfinished current version, it is here....
    unfinished She Loves You
    We have more vocal track work to do yet and clean up some other things on the instrument tracks. I'll tell you what, for such a simple song, it is much harder than you know to get sounding right! It lends itself to understanding to just how good the Beatles were.

    We are also tracking There's A Place right now. Just love Lennon's vocal's on this song.

  7. Jeff_K

    Jeff_K Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    Katy, TX
    I gained a whole new level of appreciation (never been a big fan) when I got the "Yellow Matter Custard" DVD and watched 4 progressive rock musicians pay tribute. It's an awesome DVD to pick up if you're a Beatles fan. Or just a fan of great music. $19 is a steal! Very interesting commentary track, too.

    Here's the track list:

    Disc 1

    1 Intro
    2 Magical Mystery Tour
    3 Dear Prudence
    4 Dig A Pony
    5 She Said She Said
    6 I Call Your Name
    7 You Can't Do That
    8 When I Get Home
    9 Nowhere Man
    10 Rain
    11 Free As A Bird
    12 Come Together
    13 I Am The Walrus
    14 While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    Disc 2

    1 Baby's In Black
    2 I'll Be Back
    3 No Reply
    4 The Night Before
    5 You're Gonna Lose That Girl
    6 Ticket To Ride
    7 Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
    8 Oh Darling
    9 Think For Yourself
    10 Wait
    11 Revolution
    12 I Want You (She's So Heavy)
    13 You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
    14 Lovely Rita
    15 Good Morning Good Morning
    16 Sgt. Pepper (Reprise)
    17 A Day In The Life

  8. Post Toastie

    Post Toastie Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 16, 2008
    Looks like Paul Gilbert on guitar.

  9. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc
    the Fab Faux are quite good at the Beatles tribute thing:


  10. ScatMan

    ScatMan Friend of Leo's

    Jul 7, 2008
    Isolated guitar track:


  11. jefsut

    jefsut Tele-Meister

    Feb 12, 2008
    Warwick, RI
    The Beatles are sui generis ... I think that's why Beatles covers never really worked that well. Of course, some of the Beatles tribute bands nail their sound, but they don't add anything to the originals. You can't really duplicate "I want to hold your hand", and that's a pretty simple song to play. It's all about the Beatles chemistry and magic.

  12. Tim Bowen

    Tim Bowen Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 17, 2003
    Atlanta/Rome, Georgia, US
    To me, it's not so much about anything in particular being overly difficult to play... the trick lies within the playing and singing. Lots of folks play "Blackbird" on guitar; however, it sure is easy to toss out clams on that one when your head needs to be aimed toward a vocal mic' as opposed to looking at your hands. "Dig a Pony" is a tune I've always wanted to cover, but those high harmonies absolutely make that tune. They're just outside the comfort zone of my range, and alternate harmonies just seem to lose something with that particular song. So I put that one aside.

    I have no shame when it comes to covering Beatles tunes. I love 'em, patrons love 'em, what's not to love. All we need is love. I do like to put my own spin on the arrangements though. At Friday night's job, we did "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", "Norwegian Wood", "With a Little Help From My Friends", "Blackbird". I do "We Can Work it Out" on Hammond melodian (no singing on that one for me, there's a tube in my mouth!). Some that I haven't done in a while include "Let it Be", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", "Day Tripper". Next adds will likely be "Paperback Writer" and "Dear Prudence" (I've been teaching it to kids, so why not take it out for the live thing). Haven't dug into it yet, but I want to do an arrangement for two acoustic guitars and two voices for "The Long and Winding Road". I also want to do "All My Loving".

    I think they're all difficult to do well.

  13. klasaine

    klasaine Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 28, 2006
    NELA, Ca
    Not that they can't be done or that there aren't bands that do them but 'strawberry fields Forever' and 'A Day in the Life' are not exactly a one rehearsal with the trio learn.

  14. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2008

    At this point hearing a Beatles song on radio or record is like aural wallpaper - I can't distinguish it from street noise or the fridge turning on.

    However - this summer seeing a very (very) good Beatles tribute band (The Backbeats) made their stuff come alive for me for the first time in 25 years (at least).

    Very cool "Bird" isolated guitar track BTW.

  15. dmarg1045

    dmarg1045 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 28, 2006
    When I was a kid, two friends of mine each learned "And Your Bird". Man, their fingers were flyin'!

  16. LarryM

    LarryM Tele-Holic

    Feb 27, 2010
    You can't turn up the distortion & fake it!

    To me, The Beatles making their records & sounding like they did, tells me that they are the best guitar players etc., not someone who can play complicated stuff at blazing speed,sight read,etc,etc.
    Regardless of how good the song is, the quality of the band is on it's own level.

    Many of their songs are guitar,bass,drums, - No one can play them as well or sound like that - If it sounds the best, it must be the best - it's that simple!

  17. Caffeine Patrol

    Caffeine Patrol Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 6, 2003
    I was just reading the story about Joe Walsh saying he didn't realize there were 2 guitars on this song and that he figured the twin parts out to play both by himself.

  18. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 20, 2008

  19. klasaine

    klasaine Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 28, 2006
    NELA, Ca
    That iso'd track of the two 'bird can sing' parts is great.
    Not only are they moderately difficult to execute well but someone had to THINK OF IT! ... Which is truly where the genius is. That's a friggin' AWESOME guitar part!

  20. <jbc>

    <jbc> Tele-Holic

    Dec 9, 2007
    This thread made me put my remastered box set in the car CD changer. And dammit, I keep hearing new stuff, and I got the LPs when they were new.

    In your minds ear they're just simple melodies, but then you listen again... the back and forth and layering ... it's just so tight.

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