In My Life - The Beatles | Digital Guitar Lesson
In My life - The Beatles
This digital guitar lesson is based around 4 very clear and undaunting scores. Fear not, you don't need to be able to read sheet music to quickly get to grips with them because they come complete with excellent tablature (tabs). This download also includes an audio file which provides a play-through recording by Rhys of his full arrangement to help you easily follow the scores. These lessons are designed with flexibility in mind, so they will accommodate any playing style or sound. Whether you play electric or acoustic, with a plectrum or without, there is plenty of scope to realise your very own interpretation of this classic song.
Lesson 1 is the melody (lead/vocal line), lesson 2 is the melody with accompanying bassline, lesson 3 is the melody with full chords (known as chord-melody style), and lesson 4 is the complete fingerstyle arrangement (the melody, bassline and harmony simultaneously).
Lesson 1: The melody line of this piece (beginner level) can be played fingerstyle or with a plectrum. Focussing on the melody independently is excellent practise for guitarists of any ability, and this version utilises the entire fretboard so you don't feel stuck in one position on the neck. It will emphasise the importance of the part's role in the song, become easier to see the scale shapes it's built on, help you focus on producing good tone and sustain, and gives you more freedom to experiment with different playing techniques including: glissando (sliding between notes), vibrato (vibrating a note), portamento (bending a note), and legato (smooth hammer-ons and pull-offs). These techniques can be integrated into these arrangements at your discrepancy, so they are purposely not specified in the sheet music.
Lesson 2: The bassline is then added (intermediate level). This is great practise for developing independence with your picking hand, providing the ideal introduction to fingerstyle guitar without becoming overwhelming. It can be played using fingerstyle or with hybrid-picking (a combination of fingers and a plectrum). It's a very effective arrangement and can make for a great performance in its own right. The bass notes incorporate open strings wherever possible, enabling you to still perform many different techniques when playing the lead melody line. This arrangement can also be easily split between two instruments, lead and bass, should you wish.
Lesson 3: The bassline is then replaced by full chords (advanced level). This is a great way to expand your knowledge of extended chords over the entire neck, instead of relying on the basic open chord shapes, because the inversions have been chosen to seamlessly fit around the original bass and melody lines. It still leaves plenty of scope in the performance to make the melody your own, and can be played with a plectrum or fingerstyle. This arrangement can also be easily split between two instruments, lead and rhythm, should you wish.
Lesson 4: Finally harmony is added, thus completing the full fingerstyle arrangement (masterclass level). This may take time to build up to, but the results are well worth the practise. It will develop your knowledge of scale shapes, chord inversions, harmony, picking-hand independence, and many other aspects of your playing, all without annoying the neighbours. This arrangement has been inspired by many great classic and contemporary guitarists spanning many different genres, so it's fully adaptable to your own style and sound. This is the ultimate party-piece for any guitarist.
Please note the key and tempo of this arrangement has been chosen to facilitate the ideal performance on a solo guitar and won't necessarily be the same as those of the original recorded music.
Both the sheet music and audio file in this digital download guitar lesson can be opened on any device, including computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, using a wide variety of programs/apps.