EIGHT DAYS A WEEK by The Beatles
Here’s a Beatles classic that I’m sure everyone has heard at least once in their lifetimes. These Beatles are hard to get away from, aren’t they?
Their incredibly extensive songbook sure gives us a lot to work with and learn from, though! This particular song is great for intermediate-level players, or maybe someone who’s just graduated from the beginner course. There is one B minor barre chord, so look out for that.
Speaking of that B minor barre chord, it’s followed by a G chord. If you’re comfortable with your bar chords, you might want to consider playing the G barre chord instead of the traditional G chord. The G barre actually holds the same shape as the B minor barre, so it might be a bit easier to switch to.
The strum pattern here is pretty simple, but something that might be fun to try is adding a percussive mute on beats 2 and 4 throughout the tune. If you’re not familiar with percussive mutes, check out the video I’ve done on them – I’ve got you covered! Alternatively, you can veer away from strumming altogether and try a picking pattern instead.
Another way you can make the song your own is by playing around with some sus chords – it’s amazing what a difference one finger can make! The final sound of the song is completely up to you, but a word of advice – try not to do too much at once. You typically don’t want to throw your whole toolbox at any one song.
Finally, there’s a really nice intro and ending bit, but it goes pretty high up the fretboard. If you’re going to attempt it, be sure to use a cut-away acoustic or an electric guitar.
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