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Jamie Findlay's Fab Four Fingerstyle

Magazine article Guitar Player

Jamie Findlay's Fab Four Fingerstyle

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IT WAS A NOBLE LIFE AMBITION Jamie Findlay held as child: to become a doctor like his father. But then in 1964, at age seven, he shared in that huge moment of mass-transformation that changed the course of so many lives. "I saw the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show," says Findlay. "I said, 'Mom, dad, get me a guitar, please.' It's been downhill ever since [laughs]."

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In this case, one less physician in the world has translated into one more great guitar teacher at Musicians Institute, as well as a great elective taught by Findlay called "The Beatles for Solo Guitar." "I always loved the way the Beatles varied their harmonies within their songs," says Findlay. "I liked figuring out what they did and then changing things up even further--you know, reharmonizing the melodies, inverting or changing the chords, finding ways to use open strings, etc. 'Here Comes the Sun' has a great little turnaround that's perfect for doing those things."

Findiay demonstrates the famous chord sequence in Ex. 1. "The song was originally played capoed up at the 7th fret, but I like to play it in open position, in D, which gives me room to move up the neck," says Findlay. "You can count this section different ways, but really, it feels quite natural any way you interpret the meter. It practically plays itself--and it uses plain old cowboy chords--A, F, C, G, and D. The fun part is messing with those chords. We're gonna mess 'em up real good. …

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