Here’s a handy video we not too long ago stumbled upon. It really is a three-screen clip that shows the magic of “And Your Bird Can Sing,” a 1966 track that always ranks as one particular the Beatles’ best “guitar songs.”
In fact, Guitar World ranked it at Quantity 7 when we published “The Fab 50: The Beatles’ 50 Greatest Guitar Moments” a handful of years ago.
This middle-period gem from Revolver, written primarily by John Lennon, attributes George Harrison and Paul McCartney on impeccably crafted and performed harmony-lead guitar melodies, a pop-rock arranging approach that was nevertheless in its infancy in 1966. It would later be employed extensively in Southern rock by the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd as nicely as difficult rock/metal acts like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden.
The two Epiphone Casinos in the clip (it’s most likely the exact same guitar, of course) represent the parts of Harrison and McCartney, each of whom had been playing Casinos at the time. The Strat in the middle (which is painted to appear like Harrison’s “Rocky”) represents Lennon’s part. Yes, this is confusing, but let’s go with it.
With each other, Harrison and McCartney’s individual single-note harmony lead guitar parts kind, for the most portion, diatonic (scale-primarily based) third intervals in the key of E. (Lennon performed his rhythm guitar element as if the song have been in the important of D, employing a capo at the second fret to transpose it up a complete step, as he did on “Norwegian Wood,” “Nowhere Man” and “Julia.”)
The quick half-step and whole-step bends that Harrison and McCartney incorporate into their parts here and there in lock-step style are specifically sweet sounding. Heard collectively, they have the precise intonation of a nation pedal-steel component performed by a seasoned Nashville pro.
The harmonized lines that the two guitarists play more than the “minor-drop” progression in the course of the song’s bridge section, beginning at 1:05 (in the original Beatles recording), reveal their musical depth and sophistication and command more than harmony beyond the basic “I-IV-V” pop songwriting fodder.
Below, we’ve also incorporated a video of a band—1964: The Tribute—performing “And Your Bird Can Sing” in 2008. The guitarist, Tom Function, does an outstanding job of capturing the essence of the two-guitar solo with 1 guitar, a very nice Gretsch Nation Gentleman. His solo starts at 1:01. Get pleasure from!