Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Harrison's Hymn

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Harrison's Hymn

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When George Harrison presented "Hear Me Lord" to his fellow Beatles during their Get Back sessions, in 1969, they weren't keen on recording it. In fact, Harrision presented the song on the same day that a film crew captured Paul McCartney chastising Harrison about his guitar work, leading the guitarist to responded sheepishly, "I'll play whatever you want me to play, or I won't play at all if you don't want me to." So Harrison reserved this gospel-rock song, his most explicitly religious, for a big statement on his 1970 three-LP solo album All Things Must Pass.

Harrison played electric guitar on the original recording and so did his friend Eric Clapton. There might not be any steel-strings in the mix, but "Hear Me Lord" works well when strummed on an acoustic guitar. The song is built from just three chords-Ffm, E, and C|7-making it easy for a guitarist at any level to learn. …

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