Open-mic Song­book: The Bea­tles – Here Comes The Sun

Grab your acous­tic and a capo and try out the beau­ti­ful arpeg­gios of this feel-good clas­sic…

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Ge­orge Har­ri­son was not The Bea­tles’ most pro­lific song­writer, but his work was hugely in­flu­en­tial. The cool de­scend­ing arpeg­gios in this tune are sim­i­larly echoed in Cream’s Badge and Yes’ Star­ship-trooper. The gui­tar part is based around the vo­cal melody with just a few added bass notes. We’ve tabbed the in­tro, but note that the cho­rus fol­lows a sim­i­lar line. Once you’ve nailed the in­tro you’ll find the verse pat­tern eas­ier to work out. For the clos­ing sec­tion at the end of each cho­rus, play an as­cend­ing three-string pat­tern (start­ing on the third string) us­ing the D6, Asus2, Bm7 and E7 chord shapes shown be­low. A sim­i­lar idea is used in the bridge: start your pick­ing pat­tern on the low­est note of each chord and think in terms of the chord shape, not the new capo’d pitch. The beauty of this gui­tar part is how it achieves so much from so lit­tle. It’s not com­pli­cated, sounds best played with a pick, and it’ll be a su­per-cool tune to add to your sum­mer song list!

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