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Old 01-16-10, 04:42 PM   #1
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I Feel Fine Guitar session.

Figured out the intro arpeggio and the chords by memory/ear
in about 30 mins today to this classic Beatles song.

Dm7 to Cm7 (barre chords) to Open G on the arpeggio. Sounds right.

Chorus chord progression appears to be G7 to to D, rest of the song
based around that back to the Dm7 Cm7 G ‘I feel fine’ resolution.

Amazingly simple and elegant opening arpeggio.

George Harrison has got to be the most under rated guitar genius in rock history.

I think I have it right. I'll check it with my pal who learned it from his guitar teacher soon.

At least I'm a Cat 3 on the guitar. I have that going for me.
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Harrison wrote stuff that no one ever wrote before. Everyone else was copping licks, and modifying the same scales, but George created anew.
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Harrison wrote stuff that no one ever wrote before. Everyone else was copping licks, and modifying the same scales, but George created anew.
God I love his stuff. The great song writing with killer hooks, the amazing guitar licks and parts, etc. It's like that's virtually disappeared from pop music. That really sucks.

Somebody comes around and starts writing great songs with killer guitar hooks and they might get noticed. That would be fun.

By the way, if there are current acts that fit this description, I'd love to be proven wrong. Turn me onto some cool music.
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I don't know what's cool anymore. I've a 32gb IPhone full of sixties and seventies stuff.
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George Harrison has got to be the most under rated guitar genius in rock history.
Agreed...I can't play a lick but I know quality when I hear it.
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I can play a lick or two. I'd like to play in a band.


Too much work.
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I used to collect guitars. Now I'm down to two. The 2001 Martin HD-28KM (Keb Mo Ltd).



Pretty basic 2000 Fender Custom Shop Sienna Burst Strat (this isn't a photo, it kind of looks like this American Std. strat, nicer neck). The Custom Shop Strats are very nice.

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While Lennon/McCartney did nearly all the writing, imo their best song was written by George, "Here Comes the Sun".
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They had a lot of best songs. One after another. It is rather amazing how well their work stands up over the years.
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^^^^yep, I have the complete library. Best group ever hands down.
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Figured out the intro arpeggio and the chords by memory/ear
in about 30 mins today to this classic Beatles song.

Dm7 to Cm7 (barre chords) to Open G on the arpeggio. Sounds right.

Chorus chord progression appears to be G7 to to D, rest of the song
based around that back to the Dm7 Cm7 G ‘I feel fine’ resolution.

Amazingly simple and elegant opening arpeggio.

George Harrison has got to be the most under rated guitar genius in rock history.

I think I have it right. I'll check it with my pal who learned it from his guitar teacher soon.

At least I'm a Cat 3 on the guitar. I have that going for me.
By jove I think you have it! Close anyways.
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I can add that to my vast repertoire of Beatles songs, along with Dear Prudence, Rocky Raccoon, Mother Nature's Son, Blackbird, Back in the USSR, etc.
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I can add that to my vast repertoire of Beatles songs, along with Dear Prudence, Rocky Raccoon, Mother Nature's Son, Blackbird, Back in the USSR, etc.
yes, but what about 'helter skelter' and does it really put "blisters on yer fingers!?"

btw...'i feel fine' is the first recorded instance of feedback, is it not??
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Figured out the intro arpeggio and the chords by memory/ear
in about 30 mins today to this classic Beatles song.

Dm7 to Cm7 (barre chords) to Open G on the arpeggio. Sounds right.

Chorus chord progression appears to be G7 to to D, rest of the song
based around that back to the Dm7 Cm7 G ‘I feel fine’ resolution.

Amazingly simple and elegant opening arpeggio.

George Harrison has got to be the most under rated guitar genius in rock history.

I think I have it right. I'll check it with my pal who learned it from his guitar teacher soon.

At least I'm a Cat 3 on the guitar. I have that going for me.
+2 he's definitely up there. in patti boyd-harrison-clapton's autobiography, apparently clapton and harrison
(being buddies and all) had a (guitar) duel at 20 paces for patti's hand (and presumably other parts)
in the early 70's. after several hours, clapton won. harrison is one of the few guitarists that has a unique
sound vs. a recycled one.

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+2 he's definitely up there. in patti boyd-harrison-clapton's biography, apparently clapton and harrison
(being buddies and all) had a (guitar) duel at 20 paces for patti's hand (and presumably other parts)
in the early 70's. after several hours, clapton won. harrison is one of the few guitarists that has a unique
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Meh, You must be on stronger drugs than Clapton!

The love triangle between George, Eric and Patti is well known and documented by the people involved. There really is no need to make it up.

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I can play a lick or two. I'd like to play in a band.


Too much work.
Same here. I go to Jam sessions now and then. Every town has one around here. They typically tend to be folk music. Someone says "Goodnight, Irene in G!" And everyone starts playing. Good times.

Re Beatles: I Dig A Pony is fun to play. The riff is really just a boogie woogie played out of meter.
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I just yesterday was given a boat load of Beatles CDs by a friend - he is a huge Beatle fan and had just purchased yet another complete CD catalog (I have lost track of how many reissues there were since the vinyl days alone). I was grateful, as I have never owned any Beatles aside from those red & blue balcony 2-LP sets that came out around 1973.

We're Listening to it right now and yes, unreal how good it all sounds in 2010. My wife commented "why does this stuff still sound so good while most stuff today is such crapola?" My short answer was even though they were just a buncha working class yobs the Beatles had talent but also good influences to listen to and learn from....that sadly gets watered down over the years, though.

Look at the top 40 back then and it becomes clear that people in the early 60s still understood and responded to basic chord theory, vocal harmonies, etc. The most talented pop artists out there today (Lady Gaga? Alicia Keys?) would have their talented heads handed to them by the average band of the 60s, let alone the Beatles...on the other hand any band that tries to come across with conventional musical theory and talent today is in for a sad awakening. People are still talented, but music with depth, sophistication and a sound theory base no longer sells.

I'll add that George's compositions are among my favorites and I adore his singing voice. I do feel his contributions to the group are still not fully appreciated. He came up with some of the most awesome licks and riffs ever (Paperback Writer intro immediately comes to mind). I don't think he was in the same league as Clapton when it comes to improvisational soloing (then again, not many were). He seemed like such a cool guy....horrific to see him go so young.

anyhoo, back to the CDs. btw, been playing for decades and I still cannot for the life of me play the intro to "Paperback Writer" or "I feel fine." Good stuff....
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Melodic, is how I'd describe George Harrison's guitar lead playing. I can never get tired of listening to his technique on songs like "Till There Was You" and much later in "Learning How to Love You". And of course his signature licks on "Something".

Kudos on getting "I Feel Fine" down.

I have a Martin M-36 myself (and a couple of electrics) and been playing for decades, jamming with a group once a week.
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Those Martins are awfully nice. They do get awfully pricey. The one I have probably cost $2800 10 years ago. You can easily pay $5-$15K (and even more) for a nice Martin these days. But they have plenty of nice guitars that cost $2500 or so.
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I'll add that George's compositions are among my favorites and I adore his singing voice. I do feel his contributions to the group are still not fully appreciated. He came up with some of the most awesome licks and riffs ever (Paperback Writer intro immediately comes to mind). I don't think he was in the same league as Clapton when it comes to improvisational soloing (then again, not many were). He seemed like such a cool guy....horrific to see him go so young.

I too find that George's work produced many of my favorite Beetles songs however the riff to Paperback writer is the work of Paul McCartney who was after all a frustrated guitar player who played the bass because well, someone had to.

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That's the perfect word. Very 'lyrical' playing.

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I too find that George's work produced many of my favorite Beetles songs however the riff to Paperback writer is the work of Paul McCartney who was after all a frustrated guitar player who played the bass because well, someone had to.
Hmmm...I could have sworn I'd read that before - my friend the Beatles fanatic and I were talking about PW yesterday and he said it was George...I know Paul plays a lot of the fancier leads on their records. In any case it's a rip roaring little intro...love the way the bass comes zooming as well...and the vocals...etc etc.


I think my two faves are very early cuts - "Cry for a Shadow," and "Three Cool Cats." That and his quote in Help! ("Don't encourage 'im - you've got the part, Paul") are George's greatest hits for me.
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