Octopus’s Garden Guitar Lesson – The Beatles

In this Octopus's Garden guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this fun track off of The Beatles' Abbey Road album in it's entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning.

"Octopus's Garden" starts with a great lead guitar solo played by George Harrison. It contains some nice E major pentatonic based licks with some slippery slides and cool double-stops.

From there we have the verse which is made up of a repeated picking pattern played across E major, C# minor, A major and B Major chords.

The pre-chorus then incoporates some basic full bar chords before moving to the chorus. The chorus riff is basically just a variation of the verse riff.

There are some fills happening throughout the verse sections that I won't be covering in detail, but if you want to play some fills in these sections, just use E major pentatonic.

George Harrison's solo is simple yet really cool. It is in A major pentatonic. There are some tricky bends, but nothing that would be too much trouble for the intermediate level guitarist.

We will end the lesson with the quick little ending lick played by Harrison.

Have fun with this one!


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Octopus's Garden Guitar Lesson - The Beatles


  1. Eric Anderson on December 17, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Awesome song. Thanks Carl!!!

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