How to Do Guitar Chord Progression The Beatles Style

Hey guys,

In this guitar lesson, Jon MacLennan will teach you a basic guitar chord progression

in the style of The Beatles.

How’s it going everybody?
My name is John McClennan and I’m here
with, bringing you this
lesson. Today we’re going to just look at
a simple strumming pattern, very much in
the style of the Beatles.

We’re going to take just a couple chords here.
We’re going to play a G, a D, an E minor and a C.
Be sure to click the link below for the tabs so
you can follow along. But here we go.

If you think about a basic quarter note pulse,
like this, a quarter note gets one beat. We’re
going to go one, two, three, four. Now what I
want you to do is on the third beat I want you
to add an up. So all of those that we just played
are downstrokes. Try it with me. One, two, three,
four. And on beat three, you’re going to come back
up on the and, like this. One, two, three-and, four.
We add a little bit of what’s called a shuffle or a
swing feel to it and we get this. One, two, three-and,
four; one, two, three-and, four; one, two, three-and,
four. Again, everything is on a downstroke except for
on beat three you play an up on the end of three.

The thing that’s so cool about this and tons of Beatles,
especially acoustic guitar and strumming is they’ll take
something so simple. Like, if you just think about this
rhythm, one, two, three, four and you add one other strum
to it, you get the rhythm that we’re working on.

It just goes to show you that it doesn’t have to be fancy.
It can be simple and just work on your feel and getting
the chords clean and things like that.

Let’s take this now through the chords. Here we go.
One, two, three, four.

And then you’ll want to speed this up a little bit.
There’s an easy Beatles strumming pattern for you.

So once again, my name is John McClennan and we’ll
see you in the next video. Thank you so much.

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