Norwegian Wood by The Beatles | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Norwegian Wood” by The Beatles off of the “Rubber Soul” album released way back in 1965.
This is such a great song! At just over 2 minutes in length, it’s amazing how much this one is ingrained in our culture! Norwegian Wood was one of the first western pop songs to feature a sitar thanks to Ravi Shankar's influence on George Harrison.
Similar to “Here Comes the Sun”, this one incorporates strumming and playing the melody at the same time. Once you learn the melody, the strumming comes pretty easy.
Here’s the quote from Paul McCartney that I referenced in the video:
“I came in and he had this first stanza, which was brilliant: 'I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.' That was all he had, no title, no nothing. I said, 'Oh yes, well, ha, we're there.' And it wrote itself.
Once you've got the great idea, they do tend to write themselves, providing you know how to write songs. So I picked it up at the second verse, it's a story. It's him trying to pull a bird, it was about an affair. John told Playboy that he hadn't the faintest idea where the title came from but I do.
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