Don't Let Me Down by The Beatles | electric
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Don't Let Me Down" by The Beatles. This was the b-side of a single released in 1969 with "Get Back" as the a-side.
I did a lesson on "Get Back" last week, so I thought I should have a look at "Don't Let Me Down" as well.
This has always been one of my favorite Beatle's songs. Something special happened when Billy Preston played with the Beatles. Apart from his brilliant musicianship, he seemed to bring out the out the best in them. His playing on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is also excellent. The way they played off of each other on all of these tracks was stellar.
George's part is a fantastic bit of guitar playing. It's very dynamic. He and Billy Preston work really well together throughout the song, always allowing each other room to do their bit. George's verse fills are really quite beautiful, and the counter melody lines he played in the middle 8 are the best. He did that a lot, playing lines instead of chords. His part in the chorus of Hello, Goodbye comes to mind.
John's part is super basic. Just strumming the chords and adding texture. Of course his vocal on this track is killer along with Paul's harmony it's one of the most powerful choruses The Beatles ever recorded.
When I recorded my demo, I programmed the drums. They came out OK, but the thing about Ringo is he has a lazy beat. He plays behind the beat which adds a ton of feel, something that's sorely lacking when you're locked to the grid of a click track. Ringo is one of the greatest drummers in rock. What he lacks in flash, he more than makes up for with his great feel.
I also learned and played the bass on my demo. It's only when you actually learn McCartney's bass parts that you truly understand what an amazing bass player he is. The bass part on this track is perfect.
It was a lot of fun working on this song. 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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