Get Back by The Beatles | electric
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Get Back" by The Beatles from the Let It Be album released in 1969.
I've been meaning to make a lesson on Get Back for a long time. The thing that inspired me to actually get'er done was this video I recently ran across on the Beatles YouTube channel.
Peter Jackson of the Lord Of the Rings fame, is making a documentary about The Beatles. It's being put together from fifty six hours of never before seen film footage from the Let It Be sessions and will be called "Get Back."
The original Let It Be movie was a bit depressing and somewhat dark as it seemed more focused on the dysfunction within the Beatles which eventually led to their breakup. Peter Jackson's Get Back is a more positive take on the same sessions. Here's a great article talking about the upcoming movie.
After watching the video, just like Peter Jackson suggested in the intro, it put a smile on my face. After such a crap year and so much negativity, watching this clip is almost guaranteed to make you feel good!
Get Back is such a great song and John's guitar part is excellent. I go over that in the video as well as George's part which is really just a lot of percussive type stuff with a few chords thrown in at just the right time.
Apart from their superior song writing abilities, the thing I always loved about the Beatles was that at their core, they were just a really great rock 'n' roll band, and this song really shows that. Add Billy Preston to the mix, and you've got a lot of magic. Apart from John's great guitar part, his licks on this track just make it!
Recording my demo was tricky. That shuffle beat is hard to recreate with a drum program. Ringo has such great feel, it's impossible to get that from a machine, but after a bit of mucking around I was able to come up with something passable.
I also lifted some of Billy Preston's most iconic Fender Rhodes piano licks and inserted those into my demo. With out them, it just didn't sound right at all. His licks are a huge part of the song.
I really enjoyed making this video, especially recording the demo, it was so much fun!
I hope that you get something from the lesson and that it helps you to learn this Beatles classic. Cheers
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