I Will Guitar Lesson – The Beatles

In this I Will guitar lesson, I will show you how to play this acoustic guitar classic written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon-McCartney) for The Beatles' white album.

As with a lot of songs by The Beatles, there is a good amount of bar chords along with some dominant sevenths thrown in there. Harmonically, The Beatles could be very adventurous and "I Will", while not being their most complicated set of chord progressions by far, does still remain interesting with some chord progressions you probably won't hear much of today.

I am using a standard tuned acoustic guitar for this one. In the lesson I will demonstrate both the guitar chords and the lead guitar parts as well.

One quick note, during those lead guitar sections I teach all of those lead guitar lines with a pick. However, on the original recording it sounds like those lead guitar licks could possibly be performed in a fingerstyle fashion with a very snappy finger stroke. Almost like you are pulling the string upwards which causes the string to snap back down and collide with the frets. Feel free to play it in whatever fashion you like though. Using a pick will sound a little less abrasive.

There are basically two different main chord progressions with an additional outro chord progression. Pay close attention to the 3rd verse where things change quite a bit from the previous verses about halfway through.

I think "I Will" can be a great chord workout for the upper beginner or lower intermediate level guitarist due to the large amount of bar chord work and the quick little lead licks that occur throughout much of the song.

In any case, I hope you guys enjoy this great track from the incomparable Paul McCartney and The Beatles.


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I Will Guitar Lesson - The Beatles


  1. martin burke on May 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    well done carl! you are a master of the gitbox!! thank you.

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