I Will by The Beatles | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play “I Will" by The Beatles from the 1968 album The Beatles (The White Album).
This is Paul's song. He wrote the music while in India but the lyric wasn't finished until the recording had already started. It's just a minute and fifty seconds long but is extremely musical and has a ton of chords, with a chord change every two beats for the most part.
It's in the key of F major on the record. Live he plays it in E which leads me to think that he used a capo on the first fret when they recorded it. In this lesson I'll be teaching it in E.
The live version is quite a bit different than the original recording with PM choosing to make every chord change on the downbeat where as on the album he pushes a lot of the changes.
Also the changes over the section that contains the line "the things you do endear you to me" are different live. I go over all of this in the lesson.
Here's a link to the Beatles Bible page on the song. A lot of really interesting information there including the fact that they did 67 takes before they got it right actually going with take 65 for the album.
One of the things I really like about this tune are the acoustic guitar fills. They're really clever and they add a lot of magic to the recording similar to the fills in McCartney's solo tune "Every Night".
These fills, the harmony vocal in the chorus along with the bass part, which was doubled with Paul's vocal and a maracas were over dubbed later on.
PM is an incredible talent and will go down as one of the most prolific and gifted composers of our time. I always say that he's a modern day Mozart.
I had a great time recording the demo and lesson for this tune. Any time I'm working on a Beatles tune it's always great! I hope you get something from the videos. Cheers
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