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Blackbird (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

The Beatles







94 BPM


G major

This is the full guitar lesson for Blackbird by The Beatles.

Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney in 1968 and appears on The Beatles’ album ‘The White Album’. McCartney has stated that the song was inspired after listening to a blackbird singing whilst practising transcendental meditation in India, and from the troubled state of racial problems in United States at the time.

This song is a very popular one to learn for virtually all acoustic guitarists, and for good reason. It’s a song that isn’t too tricky to play and sounds fantastic even without the lyrics, perfect for the intermediate fingerpicker.

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How to Play Blackbird (Lesson 1)

In this first lesson I show you how to play the intro and verse of Blackbird. I also show you the slightly awkward, but very cool, picking technique that McCartney uses.

How to Play Blackbird (Lesson 2)

It’s a very similar approach for the chorus of Blackbird. Therefore, if you’ve made it this far you shouldn’t struggle too much with any new changes.

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