Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles from the Revolver album released in 1966.
Hard to believe that Paul McCartney was just twenty four years old when he wrote this song. It's a very poignant lyric for someone so young...
The only instruments on the record are the double string quartet which consists of four violins, two violas and two cellos. The arrangement was done by the incredible George Martin.
One of the things I love about the Beatles songwriting was there ability to get in and get out, saying everything they needed to say all within two or three minutes.
This song is roughly two minutes and 6 seconds and is full of interesting parts, vocally and instrumentally.
This is my version of the song. I tried to keep the melody intact and add as many of the string lines as I could all the while keeping the pulse on the bottom end with the thumb.
There are so many ways you could play this, hopefully my version gives you some ideas on how you could make your own.
I really enjoyed working on this arrangement. It's such a disciplined piece of music and it flies by pretty quick. You always have to be thinking ahead to the next bit.
Once you get it though, it's really fun to play. I hope you get something from the lesson. Cheers
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