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I FEEL FINE – BY THE BEATLES

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The Beatles is the first band to ever used a feedback sound on a song! This was in their 1964 song called “I Feel Fine” which was also a number 1 hit in the both sides of the Atlantic!

The Beatles - I Feel Fine Guitar Tabs

The Beatles – I Feel Fine Guitar Tabs

The buzzing feedback sound was discovered accidentally when John put his guitar beside or in front of the amplifier or somewhere near it. It was that time that the A-string started buzzing and the feedback was heard.

John asked George Martin if they can incorporate that sound to their record and so they did and the rest is history! Another recording breakthrough courtesy of the Beatles!

How to Play “I Feed Fine”



If you watched my video above, the whole song is riff-driven. So if you know and master the riff, you will get and learn to play the whole song easily.

The intro chords are D-C-G with the same riff finger pattern. Please check out the video above.

The guitar riff was actually influenced by a record called Watch Your Step by Bobby Parker. But all riffs in that tempo have a similar sound. John played it, and all I did was play it as well, and it became the double-tracked sound.
George Harrison
Anthology
I wrote I Feel Fine around the riff which is going on in the background. I tried to get that effect into practically every song on the LP, but the others wouldn’t have it. I told them that I’d write a song specially for this riff. So they said, ‘Yes, you go away and do that,’ knowing that we’d almost finished the album. Anyway, going into the studio one morning, I said to Ringo, ‘I’ve written this song, but it’s lousy.’ But we tried it, complete with riff, and it sounded like an a-side, so we decided to release it just like that.

John Lennon, 1964

Check out the guitar chords too below.

I Feel Fine Guitar Chords

Feedback: 0:00-0:05

Intro: 0:05-0:15
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11-------------------10-9-7----9--------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14---------10-10-8-------------12----------------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------------10---(10)--------------------------|
E|-10-----------------------------10/8---------------------------------------|
                           G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------5-4-2---4-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------------|
D|-----5-5-3-----------7-----5-5-3-----------7-------------------------------|
A|-------5---(5)---------------5---(5)---------------------------------------|
E|-8/3---------------------3-------------------------------------------------|

Verse 1: 0:16-0:29
  "Baby's good to me you know,  She's happy as can be you know, 
   G*(3rd fret;strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4--------------------5-4-2---4------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7------------5-5-3-----------7--------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)----------------------5---(5)----------------------------------|
E|-3----------------------------3--------------------------------------------|
   
   She said so.                     I'm in love with her and I feel fine."
   D*(10th fret;strum)                              C*(8th fret;strum)
e|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
B|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11---11-11-11-11-11--9--9--9--9--9------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
E|-10-------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
   
   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------------------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 2: 0:29-0:42
  "Baby says she's mine you know,  She tells me all the time you know,
   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4--------------------5-4-2---4------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7------------5-5-3-----------7--------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)----------------------5---(5)----------------------------------|
E|-3----------------------------3--------------------------------------------|
  
   She said so.                      I'm in love with her and I feel fine."
   D*(strum)                                        C*(strum)
e|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
B|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11---11-11-11-11-11--9--9--9--9--9------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
E|-10-------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|

   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------------------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Special Verse: 0:42-0:52
   "I'm so glad that she's my little girl.
   C*(strum) G*(strum) D*(strum) C*strum)
e|-3-------2---------0---------------2---------------------------------------|
B|-0-------3---------1---------------1---------------------------------------|
G|-0-------4---------0---------------2---------------------------------------|
D|-0-------4---------2---------------0---------------------------------------|
A|-2-------0---------3---------------0---------------------------------------|
E|-3-------0---------0---------------0---------------------------------------|
   She's so glad she's telling all the world."
   C*(strum) G*(strum) D*(strum) C*(strum)
e|-3--------2----------0---------------2-------------------------------------|
B|-0--------3----------1---------------1-------------------------------------|
G|-0--------4----------0---------------2-------------------------------------|
D|-0--------4----------2---------------0-------------------------------------|
A|-2--------0----------3---------------0-------------------------------------|
E|-3--------0----------0---------------0-------------------------------------|

Verse 3: 0:53-1:06
  "That her baby buys her things you know, he buys her diamond rings you know,
   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-------------------------------5-4-2---4-------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-----------------------5-5-3-----------7---------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------------------------5---(5)-----------------------|
E|-3---------------------------------------3---------------------------------|

   She said so.                     She's in love with me and I feel fine."
   D*(strum)                                        C*(strum)
e|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
B|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11---11-11-11-11-11--9--9--9--9--9------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
E|-10-------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|

Lead: 1:07-1:14
*Guitar two plays the lead while guitar one continues with the riff.
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----6-----8-----6-------------6-----8-----6-------------------------------|
G|-5/7---7/9---5/7---7/5-3---5/7---7/9---5/7---7/5-3-------------------------|
D|-------------------------5-------------------------5-----------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Guitar one plays this:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-------------5-4-2---4-------------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-----5-5-3-----------7---------------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------5---(5)-----------------------------------------|
E|-3---------------------3---------------------------------------------------|

At the end of the lead, guitar 2 stops, and guitar one plays this:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------12-11-9-------11----------------------------------------------|
D|----12-12-10---------13-14-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------12------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-10------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Next, the intro is reapeated: 1:15-1:25
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11-------------------10-9-7----9--------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14---------10-10-8-------------12----------------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------------10---(10)--------------------------|
E|-10-----------------------------10/8---------------------------------------|
                           G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------5-4-2---4-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------------|
D|-----5-5-3-----------7-----5-5-3-----------7-------------------------------|
A|-------5---(5)---------------5---(5)---------------------------------------|
E|-8/3---------------------3-------------------------------------------------|

Verse 2: 1:25-1:37
  "Baby says she's mine you know,  She tells me all the time you know,
   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4--------------------5-4-2---4------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7------------5-5-3-----------7--------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)----------------------5---(5)----------------------------------|
E|-3----------------------------3--------------------------------------------|
  
   She said so.                      I'm in love with her and I feel fine."
   D*(strum)                                        C*(strum)
e|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
B|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11---11-11-11-11-11--9--9--9--9--9------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
E|-10-------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|

   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------------------------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Special Verse: 1:38-1:49
   "I'm so glad that she's my little girl.
   C*(strum) G*(strum) D*(strum) C*strum)
e|-3-------2---------0---------------2---------------------------------------|
B|-0-------3---------1---------------1---------------------------------------|
G|-0-------4---------0---------------2---------------------------------------|
D|-0-------4---------2---------------0---------------------------------------|
A|-2-------0---------3---------------0---------------------------------------|
E|-3-------0---------0---------------0---------------------------------------|
   She's so glad she's telling all the world."
   C*(strum) G*(strum) D*(strum) C*(strum)
e|-3--------2----------0---------------2-------------------------------------|
B|-0--------3----------1---------------1-------------------------------------|
G|-0--------4----------0---------------2-------------------------------------|
D|-0--------4----------2---------------0-------------------------------------|
A|-2--------0----------3---------------0-------------------------------------|
E|-3--------0----------0---------------0-------------------------------------|

Verse 3: 1:49-2:02
  "That her baby buys her things you know, he buys her diamond rings you know,
   G*(strum)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-------------------------------5-4-2---4-------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-----------------------5-5-3-----------7---------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------------------------5---(5)-----------------------|
E|-3---------------------------------------3---------------------------------|

   She said so.                     She's in love with me and I feel fine."
   D*(strum)                                        C*(strum)
e|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
B|----------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
G|------------------12-11-9----11---11-11-11-11-11--9--9--9--9--9------------|
D|----12-12-10--------------14------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
A|-------12----(12)-----------------12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
E|-10-------------------------------10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|

    She's in love with me and I feel fine."
    D*(strum)        C*(strum)
e|---10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
B|---10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|
G|---11-11-11-11-11--9--9--9--9--9------------|
D|---12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
A|---12-12-12-12-12--10-10-10-10-10-----------|
E|---10-10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8--8------------|

Finally, fade out with this riff:

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------|
D|---5-5-3-----------7-------------------------|
A|-----5---(5)---------------------------------|
E|-3-------------------------------------------|

 

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