No Matter What by Badfinger | electric rhythm
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "No Matter What" by Badfinger from the “No Dice” album released in 1970.
This is another classic power pop song written by Pete Ham. It's extremely Beatles/Paul McCartney influenced, so much so that many people still believe that PM wrote this song.
It really is a perfect radio song. It's got a great intro guitar hook, beautiful melody, excellent harmonies and is almost exactly three minutes long!
I remember when this was being played on the radio and thinking just how magical and cool the guitar lines in the chorus were. I would listen to the whole song just to hear that part! They were played by Joey Molland.
Of course I had no idea that they had run the guitar through a leslie speaker to get that swirling sound. To me, although the song has many catchy melodic parts, those guitar lines in the chorus are the main hook.
I'm pretty sure that they got the idea to use the leslie from the Cream song Badge, Eric Clapton and George Harrison's classic song from the Cream's final album "Goodbye" where they ran one of the guitars through a leslie "spinning" speaker cabs (more commonly used for Hammond organs). It's a real highlight of that track.
There are Beatles influences all over this tune, including the hand claps which I have to think were inspired by George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun".
Also, the album was produced by the Beatles body guard/roadie/assistant Mal Evans. He was around the Beatles for years and actually played and sang on some Beatle's tracks so he knew what was going on in the studio.
To get the leslie sound on my demo I used the leslie rack effect in Amplitube 3. I got this a few years ago to have something to play through the computer. It's OK...but the leslie effect is outstanding.
I really enjoyed working on this tune. It's definitely got a magic about it. It'll always be one of my favorite seventies tunes. I hope you get something from the videos. Cheers
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