JOHN Style EXERCISE3 cd track 34
[Bar 1] This exercises actually tips the hat to John’s post-Beatles work and showcases how he would approach strumming a chord sequence. You may want to use the relaxed ‘ima’ strumming approach as per the earlier example, but you may also use a pick if that feels more comfortable.
[Bar 5] The chords are not a problem here but the tricky thing can be Ex 3 maintaining a steady 16th-note rhythm (1-e-and-a-2-e-and-a) at these slower Ex 3 speeds, particularly if you are playing unaccompanied. George and John both honed their rhythm skills in long playing stints in Hamburg clubs.
[Bar 9] On that note here the rhythm changes, so you have to hold the chords longer – you may find it useful to count on sections like this so you don’t lose the sense of where the beat is.
[Bar 16] The major 7ths here serve to give this example a softer sound and these ‘jazzier’ sounding chords were a real hallmark of much of The Beatles’ though they didn’t use them in a ‘jazzy’ way.