Post by MikeLawyr2
I am surprised by John's guitar ability at times. All My Loving is
amazingly exact. I would have considered Norwegian Wood and Dear
Prudence to be beyond him, but we have the bootleg evidence to the
contrary. I would have considered Working Class Hero to be the limit
of his skills.
Lennon had a great musical mind.
His chord vocabulary and use of chords even right from the
very early days was always quite sophisticated ("Ask Me Why",
"This Boy", "Bad To Me", "All I Gotta Do", "Do You Want to
Know A Secret", "If I Fell", "I'll Be Back", "Help",
"Ticket To Ride", "Girl", "Julia", "Because", etc.)
His Rythmn playing was also always excellant:
"All My Lovin, "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away",
"She's A Woman", "Norweigan Wood", "Ticket To Ride",
"She Said, She Said", "A Day In the Life", "Sun King").
He also solo-ed more commonly than he is widely acknowledged:
["You Can't Do That", "I Feel Fine (riff)", "Day Tripper (riff)",
"Nowehere Man (duet w/Harrison)", "And Your Bird Can
Sing (duet w/Harrison)", "Dear Prudence (intro)",
"Revolution", "Hey Bulldog", "Everybody's Got
Something To Hide", "Ballad of John & Yoko",
"Honey Pie" (jazzy solo break) ,
"Across The Universe (intro)", "Get Back",
"I Want You/She's So Heavy", "Because" (guitarist),
"The End" (3rd guitar in sequence) ]
Also, get the "Minds Games" CD (or the new "Working Class
Hero" compilation CD-set) and listen to Lennon's fingerpicking
intro on the song: "Out The Blue".
I am a guitarist and I find Lennon's fingerpicking work in
"Out The Blue" and also "Dear Prudence", "Julia" more
difficult to actually play cleanly then either Paul's "Blackbird"
or George's "Here Comes The Sun".
It took me a long while for me to be able to play "Out The Blue"
cleanly and correctly (and I can play just about everything in the
entire Beatles Catalog).
Overall, Harrison was their most technically proficient guitarist
(he is awesome on "Abbey Road")
But Lennon's guitar work and great style puts him in 2nd-place.
Have you every heard any band "cover" the song "Revolution"
and have the guitar work actually -sound- as good as Lennon-?
Outside of just two songs "Taxman" & "Blackbird" (both of
which I learned) Paul's guitar playing doesn't do much for me.
When I think of the Beatles guitar playing:
It's George -and- JOHN for me.