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LEARN HOW TO PLAY “BLACKBIRD” BY THE BEATLES – ACOUSTIC MASTERPIECE

How To Play BlackBird by the Beatles

BlackBird guitar tabTime for another Beatles tutorial video!

On this post we will learn one of Paul McCartney’s greatest acoustic composition, Blackbird. Everyone who remotely knows The Beatles surely is familiar with this song.

Blackbird is a song with a rhythmic beat and a pleasant melodious feel to it with a deeper meaning incorporated into the lyrics. Paul McCartney wrote the song but continuing with the tradition of the Beatles, the credits were given to Lennon McCartney. He wrote the lyrics inspired by the racial tension which was prevalent in United States during the 1960s.

With a lyrics that beautifully describe the time of civil unrest and political issues, the song is a great ode to the period and continues to be a classic composition by the band throughout changing times.



What Makes The Blackbird By The Beatles A Great Song To Learn To Play on an Acoustic Guitar?

  1. The Blackbird has meaningful lyrics written by Paul McCartney in a sweet tune and it is worthy addition to the classic compositions by The Beatles.
  2. The distinctive melody of the song makes it fun to play.
  3. It captures history in its originality and made it eternal in the catchy lyrics.

Blackbird By The Beatles is a great song for guitarists to learn as it will help them hone their finger picking style. The song has a distinctive chord shape to it which are picked only using two fingers which makes it easy to learn yet competitively difficult. The guitar lines are beautifully composed which allows learners to create advanced sounds.

Know More About The Beatles

The band Beatles was found in 1960 in Liverpool and the English rock band is one of the critically successful group worldwide in the history of music. The original members include John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney. The group witnessed a great success with the release of their single Love Me Do in the year 1962.

The Beatles broke up in 1970 because each band member witnessed independent success in the musical industry and had to move on with their careers. Harrison passed away in 2001 because of cancer while Lennon was killed in 1980.

It was McCartney and Starr who continued their career for a long time.

The cover of the album that carried Blackbird was a plain white sleeve and it was titled The Beatles for easy reference. It was the 9th album for the band The Beatles and is also known as the White Album because of its cover. It is a double album which was released in 1968.

It was the first album from the group under their own label. The group wrote the lyrics after spending considerable time in India, during which they had great song writing sessions that paved way for some memorable songs.

Blackbird Guitar Chords

BLACKBIRD - LENNON & MCCARTNEY
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the chords seem a little weird but once you get your head round them it's actually
quite a simple and great song to play

G        (3,x,0,0,0,3)
Am7      (x,0,x,0,1,0)
G/B      (x,2,0,0,3,x)
G*       (x,10,x,0,12,x)
C        (x,3,x,0,5,0)
C#dim    (x,4,x,0,5,3)
D        (x,5,x,0,7,x)
D#dim    (x,6,x,0,7,5)
Em       (x,7,x,0,8,x)
Em(maj7) (x,6,x,0,8,x)
Cm       (x,3,x,0,4,x)
A7       (x,0,2,0,2,0)
D7       (x,x,0,2,1,2)
D7sus4   (x,x,0,0,1,x)
F        (x,8,x,0,10,x)
C/E      (x,7,x,0,8,x)
Dm       (x,5,x,0,6,x)
Bb6      (x,1,x,0,3,x)

INTRO:       | G  Am7  G/B | G*          |

             G         Am7            G/B      G*
VERSE 1:     blackbird singing in the dead of night
             C          C#dim   D        D#dim     Em   Em(maj7)
             take these broken wings and learn to fly
             D   C#dim  C  Cm  G/B           A7               D7          G
             all your life,    you were only waiting for this moment to arise

LINK 1:      | C  G/B  A7  | D7sus4  G   |

             G         Am7            G/B      G* 
VERSE 2:     blackbird singing in the dead of night
             C          C#dim    D      D#dim     Em   Em(maj7)
             take these sunken eyes and learn to see
             D   C#dim  C  Cm  G/B           A7               D7             G
             all your life,    you were only waiting for this moment to be free

             F   C/E   Dm  C    Bb6  C
BRIDGE 1:    black - bird    fly____
             F   C/E   Dm     Bb6  A7
             black - bird    fly
                       D7sus4              (G)
             into the light of a dark black night

LINK 2:      |(G) Am7  G/B | G*          | C  C#dim  D  D#dim | Em  Em(maj7) |

             | D  C#dim    | C  Cm       | G/B  A7  D7sus4  G |

             F   C/E   Dm  C    Bb6  C
BRIDGE 2:    black - bird    fly____
             F   C/E   Dm  C  Bb6  A7
             black - bird    fly
                       D7sus4              (G)
             into the light of a dark black night

LINK 3:      |(G) Am7  G/B | G*    | G     | G     |

             | G  Am7  G/B | C  G/B  A7  | D7sus4 |

             G         Am7            G/B      G*
VERSE 3:     blackbird singing in the dead of night
             C          C#dim   D        D#dim     Em   Em(maj7)
             take these broken wings and learn to fly
             D   C#dim  C  Cm  G/B           A7               D7          G
             all your life,    you were only waiting for this moment to arise

             C        G/B  A7               D7sus4     G
CODA:        you were only waiting for this moment to arise
             C        G/B  A7               D7sus4     G
             you were only waiting for this moment to arise
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