A Guide to 12 Acoustic Guitar-Based Tracks on The Beatles' 'White Album'
Guitar World takes a look at the acoustic guitar-based songs on the "White Album" -- how they were written and the process they went through to become finished tracks.
Recorded June 11, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Said to have been inspired by news of race riots in America, Paul McCartney's "Blackbird" -- rivaled, among Beatles songs, only by George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" for sheer acoustic guitar virtuosity -- was recorded in a single session. The recording was especially efficient, with McCartney simultaneously fingerpicking his flowing counterpoint lines and singing while a metronome ticked away in the background.
After 32 attempts (11 of them complete), McCartney nailed the perfect take. As a crowning touch, he dubbed onto the recording the sound of chirping blackbirds, courtesy of the Abbey Road taped sound effects collection. George Martin was kept particularly busy during this session: While producing "Blackbird" in Abbey Road's Studio Two, he was also overseeing John Lennon's work on "Revolution 9" in Studio Three.
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