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!
- Tuning - lesson in standard (original song tuned whole step down - D G C F A D)
- Difficulty - intermediate
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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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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Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library
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.