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(@matteo)
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hi hilch

the song is definitely based on eight notes so it could be plaued with every pattern involving eight notes (like the simple du/du/du/du) you have already tried.

To my ears it has for sure a bit of syncopation (= missing some strums), so every eight notes syncopated pattern works fine with it. I suggested a couple of classic patterns like (the latter one is detailed described in Mattguitar's "strumming for beginners" lesson in this site)

1= d
2 = du
3 = u
4 = du

or

1= d
2 = du
3 = u
4 = d

which means you have to skip 3rd beat downstrum, but of course you could change them skipping i.e. also the 4th downstrum like

1= d
2 = du
3 = u
4 = u

or also (2 measures)

1= d
2 = d
3 = du
4 = u
5= d
6 = d
7 = du
8= pause

so my suggestion is to try a few of them and find the one which satisfies you the most

Matteo


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(@barnabus-rox)
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Thanks matteo

I'll try them all

find the one I reckon suits my (playing if you can call it that )

cheers

Here is to you as good as you are
And here is to me as bad as I am
As good as you are and as bad as I am
I'm as good as you are as bad as I am


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(@poorpetebest)
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Thanks man this sounds great!

Just one thing, I've listened to this song about a thousand times I'm sure, and I'm not quite hearing it correctly when I play your version. For instance, I'm fairly certain this line -
Bm--------G----------Bm--------E
Hold me, love me, hold me, love me

- is just Bm-E-Bm-E. That G seems to stick out a little sore. And then I also heard this part differently:
Am----------------------------Bm
Eight days a week, I lo-oo-love you

E-------------------------G---------------C
Eight days a week, is not enough to show I care
I think it's supposed to be A-Bm and then the next line is E-G-A. Particulary on the second line, singing along with the C at the end doesn't fit at all for me (maybe I'm just doing that bad of a singing job though )

Does someone want to try those changes and let me know what they think?


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 cnev
(@cnev)
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Poorpete,

That's it. That's how I learned it also.

"It's all about stickin it to the man!"
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll!


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(@margaret)
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Thank you for this song! I remember wearing a rut in my older brother's 45 rpm of this, after his paper route income allowed him to graduate to purchasing LP's.

Can't wait to try it out!

Margaret

When my mind is free, you know a melody can move me
And when I'm feelin' blue, the guitar's comin' through to soothe me ~


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(@slydog)
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I have to disagree with the change on this one, I think he had it right the first time. I learned it Bm - G - Bm - E, and I've also watched some cover bands play it that way (of course they were cover bands - fat chance I'd run across the original artists):

Bm--------G----------Bm--------E
Hold me, love me, hold me, love me

- is just Bm-E-Bm-E. That G seems to stick out a little sore. And then I also heard this part differently:

But I do agree with this change:
Am----------------------------Bm
Eight days a week, I lo-oo-love you

E-------------------------G---------------C
Eight days a week, is not enough to show I care

I think it's supposed to be A-Bm and then the next line is E-G-A. Particulary on the second line, singing along with the C at the end doesn't fit at all for me (maybe I'm just doing that bad of a singing job though )

Does someone want to try those changes and let me know what they think?

Blame it on the lies that killed us, blame it on the truth that ran us down.


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(@grump)
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I've been trying to learn this song and just wanted to say thanks. I can get most of it to sound OK except for the Bm to G or E switchs. In any event, its a lot of fun to play.

Grump

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

~ Albert Einstein

So why is it that I keep playing guitar???


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 shug
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Great classic Beatles, Dogsbody! Good job! A couple of alternative ways to play the Intro and Outro:
Intro: Strum D DUD (Alt. can play Intro rhythm with Outro chords, ending with
D chord [xx0775])

D E/D G/D D
e--5---5-5-5----4---4-4-4----3---3-3-3----2---2-2-2---|
B--7---7-7-7----5---5-5-5----3---3-3-3----3---3-3-3---|
G--7---7-7-7----4---4-4-4----4---4-4-4----2---2-2-2---|
D--0---0-0-0----0---0-0-0----0---0-0-0----0---0-0-0---|
A-----------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|

Outro: (driving D DUDU D strum – let ring)

D/A E/A G/A D/A
e--5---5-5-5-5--5----7---7-7-7-7--7----10---10-10-10-10----10--|
B--7---7-7-7-7--7----9---9-9-9-9--9----12---12-12-12-12----10--|
G--7---7-7-7-7--7----9---9-9-9-9--9----12---12-12-12-12----11--|
D--0---0-0-0-0--0----0---0-0-0-0--0-----0----0--0--0--0-----0--|
A--0---0-0-0-0--0----0---0-0-0-0--0-----0----0--0--0--0-----0--|
E--------------------------------------------------------------|

Another alternate Intro:

* Start the intro with a D chord (2nd fret) adding the little finger to the 5th fret,

* Then an E chord played as a D chord on 4th fret adding the little finger to 7th fret,

* Then a G chord played as a D chord on the 7th fret adding the little finger 10 fret,

* Ending with a D chord (2nd fret).

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."


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(@dogsbody)
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Thanks shug,

I'll definitely be trying those out over the weekend.

Chris.

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


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(@dcmarshall)
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Thanks for all the help with this one. It's one of my favorite Beatles songs, and now its (drumroll) probably the first song that I can play straight through! Thanks again to all!


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 shug
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Thanks for all the help with this one. It's one of my favorite Beatles songs, and now its (drumroll) probably the first song that I can play straight through! Thanks again to all!

Congratulations DCMarshall!!! Playing a song like this all the way through is very gratifying. Everyone recognizes it and it has some neat sounds to it. (Not to mention the memories it brings back to those of us who saw, heard and felt "Beatlemania!"

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."


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(@sam334)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3vghE1mp4Q

edit* wrong song, oops

Hard Day's Night


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