Time to learn another Beatles song. This time, let’s take a look at the B-side of “I Want To Hold Your Hand“. If you want to get a copy of the song now, the CD that you could buy is any of the following:
How to play “This Boy”
This Boy was released in 1963 and it was also one of the song that the Fab Four performed during their second visit in The United States in The Ed Sullivan Show.
How to Play This Boy – Things To Remember
The important things to know in trying to play this song are the guitar chords (shown in the next section) and the strumming pattern or time signature.
The song is in 12/8 or 6/8 (depending which number you feel comfortable counting, 12 or 6). When learning to play this Beatles song, you have to remember to count to 6 (or 12)
Introduction and Verse
The song has 2 guitar parts. The first part of the intro is a 3 strummed chords and is played by the first guitar. Actually, the first guitar’s strumming pattern are 3 counts for each strum.
The chords for the first part of the intro are D major, a D9 (open E string being the 9th note) and back to the D major. For this part alone, the time signature is 9/8 but that’s alright, we still count 3 for each strummed chord.
After that first part of the intro comes the main chords played by the second guitar – D, Bm, Em7, A7.
Again, the technique here is to count (in your head *grin*) 3 or 6. The first chord which is D major gets 6 counts but the 4 strums for 3 counts is the first part and the next 3 counts would just be one strum each.
The same for Bm. It gets the 6 counts with the first 3 counts gets 4 strums and then 3 counts for 3 strums. Same strumming pattern for Em7 and the A7.
During all those strumming and counting of the second guitar, the first guitar continues to single strum a chord and count to 3.
That’s it for the verses.
This Boy Guitar Chords
This Boy Beatles By John Lennon and Paul McCartney From=20"A Hard Days Night" by the Beatles No special tunings Chords: D x00232 Bm x24432 A7 X02020 G 355433 A6 X02222 A6 A6 A6 D Bm G A D Bm G A D Bm Em7 A7 D Bm That boy took my love away. Em7 A7 D Bm Though he'll regret it someday, Em7 A6 D Bm Em7 A This boy wants you back again. D Bm Em7 A7 D Bm That boy isn't good for you. Em7 A7 D Bm Though he may want you, too, Em7 A6 D Bm D This boy wants you back again. D7 G F#m Oh, and this boy would be happy Bm D Just to love you, but oh my-y-y-y G F#m That boy won't be happy=20 A7 A6 'Til he's seen you cry-y-y-oh D Bm Em7 A7 D Bm This boy wouldn't mind the pain, Em7 A7 D Bm Would always feel the same, Em7 A6 D Bm Em7 A 'Til this boy gets you back again. D This boy =20 D This boy D This boy...