Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers Guitar Lesson – Jeff Beck

Today we are going to take a look at the main melody for one of the greatest guitar instrumentals ever written, Jeff Beck's "Cause We've Ended As Lovers".

Written by his good friend Stevie Wonder, this beautiful instrumental demonstrates exactly why we all love Jeff Beck so much.

The opening melody from the song which we cover in this Cause We've Ended As Lovers guitar lesson is a great exercise in dynamics.

Just look at how he plays the melody the first time through. It is understated and mellow. He is creating a mournful mood here.

From there he ramps up the dynamics the second time through the melody adding a couple of aggressive bends to express the building tension in the instrumental.

If you listen to the entire instrumental while paying attention to these types of things you will see just what a masterful performance "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" is.

I think there are only a few moments like this in all of guitar history (SRV's take on "Little Wing" comes to mind) that a beautiful melody is thoroughly run through a great deal of dynamics and other musical devices.

If this Cause We've Ended As Loves guitar lesson does get a lot likes, (especially YouTube likes!) I will teach the entire song. And believe me, it would be an incredible experience to play Cause We've Ended As Lovers in it's entirety.

But for now, this incredible opening statement from the beginning of the track should keep you busy for a while. 🙂


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Cause We've Ended As Lovers Guitar Lesson


  1. Mike on June 24, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Definately!!! love this song,I can play the next bit…but thats as far as I got:)

  2. Martine Ehrenclou on December 8, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Love his.

  3. Scott Hurd on January 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Carl, Fantastic lesson–your transcription and sound are exactly like the recording. Thanks so much for making this available. Looking into your premium lessons as well. I think you should teach the rest of this song despite the apparent lack of interest. Beck is one of the true greats, and learning his stuff is a great way for the rest of us to develop (at least START to develop) first-class chops. Keep up the great work.

    • Carl Brown on January 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Yeah Scott, I was hoping for more of a response for this starter video but was a bit disappointed.

      Beck is absolutely amazing though. If I had it my way, and could teach anything I wanted on the site, I would spend most of the time exposing artists that are drastically overlooked by guitarists just starting out these days. Hopefully I will be able to get to it soon. 🙂

      • Martin Osborne on May 10, 2017 at 7:08 am

        Real shame about the lack of response for continuing this – Beck is the best!

        • Carl Brown on May 11, 2017 at 9:54 am

          Yeah it would take a lot of time to complete that is why I need more interest to do it. Might still do it anyway though. haha

  4. TeleRooo on July 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    you are excellent teacher, buddy!
    You are now at 679 LIKES on YouTube, so…. how about the FULL song lesson please. This, as you said, IS Truly one of the great guitar instrumentals……Thanks…….

  5. Thomas Brophy on May 28, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Please consider a complete version.

    A new paying subscriber to your site.

  6. Ted Goff on July 30, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    This is a song I told myself a long time ago I would learn to play someday. A long time ago as in 1974 when Blow by Blow came out. I wore out an 8-track, lost a cassette and loaned my CD to a friend that lost it. Anyway, teaching all of it would be great. Thanks.

  7. Dory Doughty on April 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Carl! I just joined your Premium subscription about two weeks ago and would absolutely LOVE if you would give some thought to completing the lesson(s) for this song. It too, is one of my ALL TIME favorites. I have wanted to learn this song since having first listened it on the Blow by Blow album. I hope you will (re)consider this and others requesting the same when time permits for you.

    Thank you for this wonderful site! I’ve been playing my guitar every day since joining, with so much hope to be a much better player… and I truly believe it will be possible, thanks to your efforts here!
    Best Regards,

    • Carl Brown on April 11, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Hey Dory, yeah I kind of forgot about this one so I will put it on my to-do list. It is a big undertaking! Haha

  8. Dory Doughty on April 12, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for your reply Carl! That would be wonderful, of course, time permitting! Yay! ;D

  9. Dana Mueller on August 24, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Finish it!!!!!!! Please. You’re the man, Carl.

  10. Tom Ebenreiter on March 25, 2022 at 6:23 am

    Would love to see the entire lesson. You most definitely have my interest!

  11. Robert Allare on February 7, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Saw him in October of last year. Was one of the best performances I have ever seen.

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