You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away Guitar Lesson – The Beatles

I have a nice quick and fun acoustic guitar lesson for you today with a full song tutorial of "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles.

Written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon-McCartney), "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" is acknowledged as basically John Lennon trying to write a song like Bob Dylan. However, John Lennon's pop-craft and incredible sense of melody can't be denied.

In this "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" guitar lesson video, I will show you all of the chords John Lennon used in this classic 1965 Beatles single.

One thing that is easy to miss when playing through these chords is the quick little hammer-ons that Lennon throws in on a few chords. In fact, the song starts with a open G major chord that contains a quick hammer-on embellishment. That is the only time you will hear him do a hammer-on on that particular chord though.

After that short intro we are quickly thrown into the verse. Even though the chords are simple here, they still change pretty quickly. It is important to focus on the quick change from the Fmaj/add9 to G major with the C major passing chord in-between. Make sure you can follow that timing correctly because it can be a little difficult to hear.

As for those hammer-ons you will find them when John Lennon plays the C major chord for the second time in each verse chord progression. The entire chord progression actually plays C major three different times, so do the hammer-on during the second instance of playing the C major. He also plays a hammer-on during the D major chord that ends the verse.

After the verse we have a quick little descending bass line under a D major chord. This part acts like a short pre-chorus. The fingering for this part is very important because it can be impossible to play that bass line while holding a D major chord if you use the wrong fingering. In the video lesson I will show you the best fingering to use for this part.

After that we get to the chorus which is pretty much instantly recognizable to music lovers all over the world. It is also the easiest part of the song to play by far and is based around three simple open position chords.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this acoustic classic by The Beatles!


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You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Guitar Lesson - The Beatles


  1. Aldo Alfaro on March 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I loved this lesson. Can you please do touch to much by AC/DC?

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