Because by The Beatles | electric
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Because" by The Beatles from their masterpiece album, Abbey Road released in 1969.
John Lennon wrote this after hearing Yoko playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano one day. He asked her to reverse the chords and came up with Because.
Even without the melody, the accompaniment is beautiful all on it's own.
It starts out with George Martin on the harpsichord, with John coming in on guitar on bar 5. Their parts are virtually identical except for a few spots. I go over this in the lesson.
The song is in C# minor which means you have to play a lot of bar chords which are always a bit clumsy and never resonate that well. The actual guitar part isn't too bad using bar chords, but the harpsichord part is especially awkward to play on guitar. The chord on the third bar is very "Dominic Miller" and will be the stumbling block for most people when playing this and is likely where they'll give up!
So, to make it overall easier and more enjoyable to play, I did it in drop D with a capo on the fourth fret. I'm not sure if John did this in the studio or not. I know the Beatles used capos all of the time, and I also know that John was aware of drop D as he used it in Dear Prudence. Regardless, I just found that it sounds better and is easier to play using A minor shapes.
I really loved working this one out and recording my demo. There's something about these chords and arpeggios that's so perfect and relaxing to play.
I hope that you get something from the lesson and that it helps you to learn this timeless Beatles classic. Cheers
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