All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

The Beatles’ songs are often quite deceptively tricky to play! Their melodies seem easy and catchy, but they’re known for throwing in little sticky moments here and there.

“All You Need Is Love” is no exception! This is a great one to learn and it’s a hit at parties or gatherings. I mean, who doesn’t love singing along with that chorus? But there are a few things you’ve got to tackle first.

The chords, for one, are not your average open chords. Many of them are variations on the classics, often using a different bass note than the chord usually has. Your thumb even gets in on the action, too! For example, when playing the D with an F# bass, your thumb hangs over the top of your neck to fret the F# on the thickest string and to mute the 5th string.

The rhythm also gets funky. Most songs you’re probably familiar with are played in 4/4 time, but this one waffles back and forth between 4/4 and ¾ time. It takes some getting used to, but if you’re familiar with the song already, you should be able to mimic the pattern. That said, it’s still important to know the proper counts. Counting out loud will certainly help if you’re less comfortable with funky rhythms, as well as playing through the song slowly to make sure you’ve got it all right.

Something else to note, the song utilizes a simple strumming pattern with a picked riff making occasional appearances. It’s nothing too terribly crazy, but if you’re not used to switching between strumming and picking, it’s something to work on a bit.

D/F# (thumb)
D/F# (2x023x)
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Emin7 (022030)