Free Fingerpicking Lesson
The Beatles – Blackbird
Blackbird is one of the more popular fingerpicking guitar songs amongst my students and this video is taken from my popular Fingerpicking Classics course.
It’s a great track that features on the absolute gem of a record which is The Beatles 1968 ‘White Album’.
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Blackbird is a sophisticated piece and I can imagine it took a bit of thought and time to compose.
McCartney said it was inspired by J.S. Bach’s Bouree In E Minor which is a famous lute piece. You can definitely hear the classical inspiration on the track particularly the counterpoint style of Bach.
You can also hear the similarity with the intro to Blackbird as with the intro to Andantino by Ferdinando Carulli which is another of the songs in my fingerpicking classics course.
I love this song!
It’s definitely one the most distinct Beatles guitar songs and I think it’s a pretty fantastic example of great pop songwriting infused with the elegant guitar playing of 18th century classical ideas.
Blackbird is also very distinguishable when played as a solo piece.
Take it steady with the song, and have lots of fun. It’s awesome.
If you enjoyed playing this one, you may want to learn some more classic fingerpicking songs in my course.
Thanks for watching!
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