In My Life by The Beatles | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play “In My Life” by The Beatles | John Lennon, from the "Rubber Soul" album released on December 3rd, 1965.
This has always been a favorite Beatles tune for me. At the time it was an important one for John Lennon as it was his first lyric where he used personal reflections. He saw it as a turning point in his writing.
George Martin composed and played the piano solo in this one. He had come up with the solo, but had a hard time playing it up to speed, so he slowed down the tape machine by 50% and recorded the part an octave lower.
After the tape was put back to normal speed, the result was a perfect solo that sounds more like a harpsichord because of the tape speed issue. That was a stroke of genius!
Other than the hook at the beginning and end, the guitar is not very prominent on the original recording. It’s not really a part that you could play by itself.
What I did in this arrangement was to combine the lead, rhythm, bass and drum parts and play it in more of a rhythmic style similar to how Ed Sheeran covered it a few years ago.
It’s just my take on it. You could strum this one any way you wanted and as long as you stick to the proper chords it will work.
The chord that most people miss is the 4th chord in the verse progression. Most guys will just play an A7, but on the record, the bass plays a G note underneath the A7, so if you play an A7/G it will sound so much better.
I had a lot of fun working on this tune. I hope you enjoy the video and enjoy playing this great old classic. Cheers
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