Written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney, and being released in the middle of Beatlemania in 1964, it of course shot to the top of the charts around the world.
For the most part we are going to be concentrating on the chords that John Lennon is playing throughout the song. George Harrison generally played different voicings of those same chords, but if you are going to be learning how to play A Hard Day's Night to play by yourself, John Lennon's chords are probably the way to go.
The song kicks off with that very unorthodox chord voicing that has confused guitarists from day one. It is actually a combination of many things, but the chord I will show you at the beginning of the lesson is a great reproduction of that sound.
From there we basically have two guitar parts. The chorus, which makes up most of the song, and the B section or bridge that happens twice in the song.
This songs is a great one for beginner level guitarists. The chords themselves, except for perhaps the B minor barre chord, are very basic, and there is even a couple of 7th chords thrown in for good measure.
Once you get the chords together, it will be pretty easy to follow along with the melody since it is so catchy. It will tell you where to play each chord. A great ear training exercise!
I will also be covering George Harrison's guitar solo in the lesson. It is a doubled part on the recording, but in this lesson we will learn what he would have played live with just one guitar.
It is a cool lick to practice with repeated hammer-ons that create a nice and exciting effect.
So have fun with this Beatles classic, it will certainly put a smile of everyone's face as soon as you start playing. 🙂
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