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Learn Paul McCartney’s Ripping Guitar Solo from the Beatles’ “Taxman”

Some readers may be surprised to learn that the ripping solo in “Taxman” was played by Paul McCartney, but in fact, the Beatle bassist provided a handful of standout guitar moments on the band’s recordings. If you’re curious, here are six of ‘em.But back to “Taxman.” Joe over at Reverb.com was kind enough to break down this unconventional solo, and lays it out in the video below. Give it a shot! …

A Guide to The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Guitars and Gear

The studio experimentation that had begun with Revolver advanced to the next level on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.In many ways, 1966 had been a watershed for the Beatles. They had broken from the two-albums-per-year formula that had brought their record company, EMI, so much money, but which had occasionally depleted the group’s well of creativity.Revolver was the only full-length... …

Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. Play “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

As milestones go, the 50-year mark is a pretty big one.So as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show approached in 2014, organizers put together a celebration to herald the moment that presented the Beatles to America.Called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, the tribute was a celebration of both the Beatles’ impact on music... …

Watch Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Perform "Something"

On November 29, 2002, the first anniversary of George Harrison's death, an impressive assemblage of the former Beatle's band mates, family members and buddies gathered at London's Royal Albert Hall to pay tribute to his life and music.That event—which was released in 2003 as The Concert for George—featured performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and many... …

How the Beatles’ “Day Tripper” Guitar Riff Blurs the Line Between Major and Minor

“Day Tripper” is among the surprisingly few riff rockers in the Beatles’ prodigious catalog.The song was written in 1965 and issued as a single to coincide with Rubber Soul, the group’s sixth album, which was released in December of that year.“Day Tripper” was a rush job. In October, as the Beatles were in the midst of completing Rubber Soul, they were told they still needed to come up with a... …

Prince Plays "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" Before Making His Guitar Disappear

In 2004, Prince—who died a year ago today (April 21, 2016) at age 57—joined longtime George Harrison cohorts Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Steve Winwood for a performance of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."The occasion? Harrison's posthumous induction into the Rock and Hall of Fame. Harrison died three years earlier in November 2001.The interesting thing about this clip, which also... …

Watch Paul Gilbert Play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

As our readers know, if you want to watch talented guitarists wail over the shred-friendly "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" chord progression, you've come to the right place.In the past few years alone, we've shared popular clips of the classic Beatles song being performed by George Harrison (who wrote it), Eric Clapton (who played on the original recording), Gary Moore, Prince, Tom Petty, Regina... …

The Beatles' Secret Weapon: George Harrison’s 1963 Rickenbacker 360/12

Although the last thing the red-hot Beatles needed in early 1964 was a “secret weapon,” that’s exactly what they got when George Harrison received his first Rickenbacker 12-string, in a beautiful Fireglo finish, in February of that year, during the Beatles’ first U.S. tour.The guitar was given to him by Francis C. Hall, owner and president of the California-based Rickenbacker company, which is... …

George Harrison Talks About His “Rocky” Fender Stratocaster

George Harrison played a number of guitars during his years in the Beatles, from Gretsch and Rickenbacker models in the early days to his famed 1968 rosewood Fender Telecaster in the band’s final year.One guitar that doesn’t get talked about much is the 1961 Fender Stratocaster Harrison played starting in 1965. The guitar became one of his favorites. Indeed, in the clip shown at the bottom,... …

George Harrison's Best Slide Solos? Check Out John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?" and "Gimme Some Truth"

In mid-1971, more than a year after the Beatles officially split, John Lennon started recording what would become his second proper solo album, Imagine.The album, which was released later that year, was a critical and commercial success, not to mention a perennial fan favorite.It also marks one of the only times Lennon recorded with his former Beatles bandmate, guitarist George Harrison, after... …

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