The Beatles : “Because” (lessons and covers)

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Because
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Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

I always say that the best way to learn guitar is to pick a song you like and then ask your guitar-playing friend to show you the chords.

This may not be the best guitar song to start with:   it’s definitely an intermediate song when it comes to chords, bass-line runs, and finger-style.  Still, I bet if you are halfway decent at barre chords and practice, you’ll get there.  I got it in an evening.  Beer helps.

This song (I suppose like all Beatles songs) has a great story behind it.

During the Abbey Road sessions, John Lennon walked in to EMI studios (Abbey Road) and said he had a song he’d been working on.  George Martin, their producer, was floored when Lennon played the demo.  (Link here.)

The song was recorded in three-part harmony with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison doing vocals.  They multi-tracked three takes to make the final nine-part harmony you hear on the album.  Martin added harpsichord.

Geoff Emerick, the Beatles’ sound engineer for most of the Beatle albums, remarked that this was the last song where he thought the Beatles really worked together as “The Beatles”, versus four musicians going their own way.  All the infighting and tension that had built since “Let It Be” disappeared during this recording, as the three singers concentrated on these amazing vocals.

You may want to ante up and buy the professional sheet music on Music Notes.com to get the notes just right.  I’m a bit OCD like that and bought the music to check my work.

Chords and Tutorial

Guitar Lesson #1 from Shaunteaches…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

Guitar Lesson #2 from Thebelgianguitar…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

Guitar Lesson #3 from Oggythebug…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

This cover from Litegauge is clear enough to be a study guide…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

Here is one awesome cover with all nine parts by Allyouneedislub…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

Here the same talented dude breaks down the nine harmonies for us…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

This is a nice up-tempo cover from Karmelita…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

Three guys and a mandolin in Australia do a great rendition…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

Here’s a great version by Elliott Smith who we miss greatly…

Chords and Tutorial

Chords and Tutorial

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  1. BTW – This is the last song ever recorded by all four Beatles together. A touching end of an era.

  2. Another video on the harmonies for “Because” can be found here: http://bit.ly/vDZI2j

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