The song is in the key of C-major but the notes for the guitar solo are from the A-minor pentatonic scale. We’re going to use A minor pentatonic. A minor pentatonic contains the same notes as C major pentatonic so it’s an easy “shortcut” to that sound without having to learn a whole new scale.
How to Play “Let It Be” Guitar Solo
Before we start with the solo on this video/post, let just say that George Harrison did several overdubs of the solo and so, there are may version of that part.
This solo that we’re going to do today is from the original single release.
You’ll hear different guitar parts on different versions on this song, as there were several overdubs of the solo. On April 30, 1969, George Harrison overdubbed a new guitar solo over the best take from the January 31, 1969 session. Harrison overdubbed another one on January 4, 1970, but there’s a possibility that it was actually McCartney on that overdub. The first overdub solo was used for the original single release, and the second overdub solo was used for the original album release. The Let It Be… Naked version is the one from the movie.
The solo starts with the opening phrase of the guitar solo. This is played by:
- first barring the D and G string on the fifth fret
- we then hammer on the D string to the 7th fret with our 3rd finger
- and then we go back to the bar (D-G string 5th fret)
- then we slide down with our 3rd finger from the 7th to the 5th fret then finally on the 3rd fret on the A string
(let’s play the whole phrase)
For the second phrase of the guitar solo, we start with the quick slide from 5th fret to 7th on the A string followed by two pluck on the 5th fret on the D string, back again to the 7th on the A-string and then again on the D string 5th fret.
Then we do the same barring on the D and G string on the 5th fret. Next is a hammer-on to the 7th fret on the D string followed by the 5th fret on the G string then a full bend on the 7th fret (to 9th) and then release back to 7th and finally back to 5th fret (G-string).
Next phrase, we do quick slide from 7th fret to 9th fret on the G-string followed by the 8th fret on the B string and go back down again. That is, after the 8th fret we slide back to 7th fret from the 9th fret on the G-string.