Here, There and Everywhere | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on "Here, There and Everywhere" by The Beatles from their 1966 album Revolver.
I was watching a 2018 60 minutes episode the other day where Paul McCartney had said that this is the only song of his that John Lennon had told him that he liked. It made me laugh!
There was a lot of competitiveness with those guys and I suppose complimenting someone you're competing with is a sign of weakness. The prevailing thinking is the arts aren't competitive and while that may be true for some, I think being competitive is in our nature as human beings.
It's only natural to want to be the best and while competing may be uncomfortable at times, in general it tends to make everyone better. The Beatles are a great example of that.
Anyways, this is my own finger style arrangement. It's fairly simple and shouldn't be too tough to get for those with a bit of finger picking experience.
I go over a fair bit of theory in this one. McCartney is a genius composer and this tune shows that in spades. He jumps around keys effortlessly and effectively, from the borrowed Bb chord in the intro, to the F#m7 - B7 change in the verse which I actually think he stole from Yesterday! (Is it still considered stealing if you're stealing from yourself!)
The bridge changes key to Bb for the first half, ending up in Gm and eventually getting back to G major. For someone with no formal training in music, PM's song writing is incredible. He's a truly gifted composer. Keep in mind all of this happens in under two and a half minutes!
The story goes that he was very impressed with Brian Wilson's songwriting on Pet Sounds, especially "God Only Knows" which is another masterclass in songwriting with all of it's slash chords and key changes. Pet Sounds was released on May 16, 1966 and Revolver on August 5 of the same year.
I go over the basic chords at the start for those who just want to strum while singing. Later, at about 8 minutes in, I go over in depth my finger picking arrangement.
I always love working on Beatles songs. They were amazing writers. If I were to give any advice to young songwriters, it would be this. Learn every Beatles song ever written! That's the finest musical education you could ever have!
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