Sunday, October 2, 2011

What's all this about, then?

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a ridiculous love for The Beatles. I grew up listening to them, and through some really questionable phases in my musical tastes, The Beatles have always been a constant. The songs I appreciated evolved over time, but I've always been a huge fan.

When I did dabble in the guitar at first in high school, my dad taught me the opening riff to Day Tripper. Although I wouldn't seriously consider the guitar until later, that was my first taste. When I did get serious about playing guitar in University, I decided on an Epiphone Casino. Paul McCartney introduced the Casino into the group during the recording of Help, and it was a staple for George Harrison and John Lennon after that as well. You can see John's gorgeous stripped down Casino here for their final public performance on the rooftop of Apple headquarters.

I also named my Epiphone Casino "George", after my favourite Beatle.

So where is this all going? Since I bought George, I've been a little hit and miss with my practice. I've had no purpose, and life gets busy, and my skills are not where I want them to be. When I thought more about how I could become better, I turned to The Beatles. I know some of their songs on the guitar already, and bits and pieces of others, but what better way to become a better guitar player than to tackle a Beatles song every week, in entirety? In my opinion, I'd be learning from the best in song writing the world has to offer.

So here I go. A Beatles song a week, I'm holding myself accountable. I'll be picking a song, talking about its history, my personal associations with it, opinions of others, and different parts of the song that I enjoy. As I go along, I may be posting videos (and I apologize for this) to keep track of my progress. I should note here that in no way am I trying to infringe upon copyrights or make a profit from this blog, rather, it is a personal learning exercise that friends may comment on.

Happy reading/listening!

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