Run Of the Mill by George Harrison | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play “Run of the Mill” by George Harrison from the album “All Things Must Pass” released on November 7th, 1970.
This has always been one of my favorite songs from the "All Things Must Pass" album.
As I was researching the song I found a out that it was also George's favorite track from the album. His wife Olivia and son Dhani have also mentioned the song as being one of their favorites of his.
It came about through the breakup of the Beatles and there are multiple references to that in the lyrics. The title itself is rumored to have come from one of the other Beatles comments when George presented a song to them, calling it run of the mill, as in just ordinary.
I think the line:
"Tomorrow when you rise, another day for you to realize me, or send me down again."
kind of sums up George's feelings of being in the band at the time.
Along with the great lyric, the guitar parts are really beautiful, especially that descending run in the verses. Combined with melody, they create an almost angelic cascading effect that was typical of George's playing.
Here's an interesting version of the song from the "Early Takes" album released a few years ago. It's interesting to hear it in its raw form. I almost like it better minus all of the production...
The focus of this lesson is on the rhythm parts but I also threw in the melody played on guitar just to get that great cascading run.
The other thing that's cool and weird about this one is all of the bars of 3/4 that are thrown in. It's very unusual and will take a while for most players to understand what's going on and be able to deal with it!
I really enjoyed working on this song. For my demo, I recorded the guitars with no effects other than a bit of compression, but no reverb or delay just because I felt that the parts were so strong they just didn't need anything else!
I hope you enjoy the video and that it helps you to learn this brilliant song. Cheers
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