This is the full guitar lesson for Yesterday by The Beatles.
Yesterday appears on The Beatles' 1965 album 'Help' and was written by Paul McCartney; a truly beautiful song that we can all relate to in one way or another. Although most of the chords are reasonably straightforward Yesterday does have its challenges.
The trickiest part about this song is getting the technique right; McCartney has an incredibly unorthodox style of playing and it can really catch you out if you've not done it before.
Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Yesterday!
- Key - F major
- Tempo - 92 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate
- Tuning - D G C F A D
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Yesterday Guitar Lesson
McCartney tuned all the strings of his guitar down a whole tone giving you the notes of D G C F A D. If you want to play it in the original key be sure to put your guitar into this tuning. Despite the dropped tuning, for simplicity I have kept the chord names the same as if the guitar was still in standard tuning.
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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).
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