Yesterday Guitar TAB

Yesterday Guitar Lesson (The Beatles) – Fingerstyle

This is the full Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson for Yesterday by The Beatles.

Although credited to Lennon/McCartney, it was Paul that wrote Yesterday and the song appears on the band's 1965 album, Help!

This arrangement is targeted towards the intermediate fingerpicker. It's reasonably challenging at times but shouldn't be too much of a struggle if you've been picking a while.

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Yesterday!

Song Details:

  • Tuning - lesson in standard (original song tuned whole step down - D G C F A D)
  • Difficulty - intermediate 

Yesterday (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Yesterday, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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Yesterday Guitar Lesson (Part 1)

In this lesson we learn how to play the intro and the verse. Originally Paul tuned his guitar down a whole step for the recording and I've also done that in the performance video. However, for the lesson I've put the guitar back into standard tuning. This is just something to bear in mind and it's up to you which way you do it.

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Part 2

The only other section of the song is the chorus. This part isn't any harder than the verse but it just as much fun to play. 

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Keshav Gosain left a comment on 10th April 2021 at 12:45 am

    Chris, your lessons are sooo good. So intuitive for fingerstyle guitarists like me, keep up the amazing work. I wish I could get lessons in person from you lol.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 10th April 2021 at 11:39 am

      Thanks a lot Keshav, I’m really pleased that you like my lessons. One day I might offer one on one lessons but currently I just don’t have the time. All the best!

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