3 Beatles Songs to Learn on Guitar (Global Beatles Day)


The Beatles, also known as “the fab four,” consisted of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In the mid-to-late 1960s, they were considered synonymous with pop culture globally. The group released 21 studio albums amongst over 200 other publications, and made copious television and stage appearances before disbanding in 1970. However, this legendary quartet’s influence spans far past its heyday. The Beatles have inspired countless singers, songwriters, producers, drummers, bass player, and guitarists since their stardom, and continue to inspire musicians today.

In 2009, a Beatles fan proposed that June 25th be proclaimed Global Beatles Day to honor the band’s participation in the 1967 BBC special, Our World. The holiday caught on, and that’s why we are celebrating today! JamPlay offers a number of comprehensive Beatles song lessons, but today we’re celebrating by showcasing a few. So, here are 3 Beatles songs to learn on the guitar!

Beatles Song #1 – “A Hard Day’s Night”

Instantly recognizable by the opening chord played on John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 12-String guitar, “A Hard Day’s Night” is a timeless rock ‘n roll hit. This Beatles son topped the charts in both the US and the UK when released as a single.

In this performance, John Auker demonstrates the main guitar parts for “A Hard Day’s Night.” One of the guitars that John uses is the same type of Rickenbacker 12-String guitar that was used on the original recording. For the breakdown of this tune, check out John Auker’s full song lesson on JamPlay.

Beatles Song #2 – “Yesterday”

A fun fact about “Yesterday” is that almost no other song in recording history has been covered as much as this one. This wistful tune was the first Beatles song that featured a solo performance, as only Paul McCartney’s voice, an acoustic guitar, and a string quartet comprise the arrangement.

In this lesson, Marcelo Berestovoy performs a solo guitar version of “Yesterday” before analyzing the song’s chord progression. For the breakdown of this iconic tune, check out Marcelo’s full song lesson on JamPlay.

Beatles Song #3 – “Can’t Buy Me Love”

The UK’s fourth best-selling single of the ’60s, “Can’t Buy Me Love” is truly one of the most infectious Beatles songs. This internationally chart-topping behemoth of a hit is also the 295th mention on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

In this performance, Dennis Hodges demonstrates how to play the chord progression and guitar parts for “Can’t Buy Me Love.” For the breakdown of this Beatles song, check out Dennis’ full song lesson on JamPlay.


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