Blackbird

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Learn how to play Blackbird on guitar.

 

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Blackbird Tab

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Intro:

E|———————————————–|
B|-0—–1—–3—–12———12–12——–12-|
G|—-0—–0—–0—–0————–0———|
D|———————————————–|
A|——-0—–2—–10—–10——10—–10—-|
E|-3———————————————|

Part I:

E|———————————————–|
B|-0—–1—–3—–12———12–12——–12-|
G|—-0—–0—–0—–0————–0———|
D|———————————————–|
A|——-0—–2—–10—–10——10—–10—-|
E|-3———————————————|

1. Blackbird singing in the….night
2. Blackbird singing in the….night

E|——————————–|——————|
B|-5—–8—–7—–10—–8—–|—8–8——-8—|
G|—-0—–0—–0——0—–0–|———0——–|
D|——————————–|——————|
A|-3—–4—–5—–6——7—–|7—–6—–6—–|
E|——————————–|——————|

1. Take these broken wings…fly |
2. Take these sunken eyes…see |

E|————————————-|
B|-7—–8—–5——-5–4——–4—|
G|—-0—–0—–0———-0———|
D|————————————-|
A|-5—–7—–3—–3—-3—–3——|
E|————————————-|

1. All your life…
2. All your life…

E|——————————————-|
B|-3——–3–2——–2–1–1——–1–0–|
G|—-0———–0————–0———–|
D|————————-0–0—–0——–|
A|-2—–2—–0—–0———————–|
E|—————————————-3–|

1. You were only waiting…arise
2. You were only waiting…be free

Part II:
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E|————————————-||————|| You will play
B|-10—–8—–6—–5—–3——–3-||-5——-5–|| it two times,
G|—–0—–0—–0—–0—–0——-||—-0——-|| but ingnore
D|————————————-||————|| this second
A|-8——7—–5—–3—–1—–1—-||-3—–3—-|| measure when
E|————————————-||————|| you repeat it.

1. Blackbird fly ||
2. Blackbird fly ||

Part III:

E|————————————————————|
B|-2——–2–1——–1–0–5–3–2——–2–1——–1–0-|
G|—-0———–0——————–0———–0———-|
D|————-0—–0————————–0—–0——-|
A|-1—–1——————–3–2–0—–0——————-|
E|————————-3——————————–3-|

1. Into the light of…black night

Part IV:

E|———————————————–|
B|-0—–1—–3—–12———12–12——-12–|
G|—-0—–0—–0—–0————–0———|
D|———————————————–|
A|——-0—–2—–10—–10——10—-10—–|
E|-3———————————————|

E|—————————————|
B|12—–12—–12—-12—–12———-| After these bar
G|—0——0——0——0————–| take a short
D|—————————————| break of
A|10—–10—–10—-10—————–| 5 seconds…
E|——————————-11\0—-|

E|———————————————|
B|-0—–1—–3—–5—–3—–2—–1—–0-|
G|—-0—–0—–0—–0—–0—–0—–0—-|
D|————————————-0——-|
A|——-0—–2—–3—–2—–0————-|
E|-3—————————————–3-|

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Song structure:

Intro (1x)
Part I (2x)
Part II (2x)
Part III (1x)
Part IV (1x)
Part I (1x)

Learn How To Play The Beatles: Blackbird Guitar Chords

Blackbird is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on the Beatles’ 1968 album The Beatles, which has since gained the more popular name: The White Album.

Officially, the song was written by both Lennon and McCartney, although it was originally performed with McCartney as the sole vocalist, and his later comments on the song seemed to imply that it was primarily his work.

the-beatles-blackbird-guitar-tabMany people don’t know that the acoustic guitar accompaniment that is traditionally played with the song was inspired by a Baroque lute piece by JS Bach. McCartney liked to include tributes and references in many of his works, and the use of this musical allusion is not uncharacteristic of his compositional style, further supporting the claims that McCartney is the true composer of the piece.

The meaning of the piece has been interpreted in a variety of different ways, thanks in part to differing statements made by Paul McCartney himself. The most popularly-ascribed meaning is as a commentary on the rising racial tensions of the late 1960s that happened throughout the United States, and particularly in the South.

If you want to learn how to play Blackbird on guitar, you’re going to need to already have a firm grasp of the instrument. This song is not generally played by beginners, as it has a number of complex parts to it, both in terms of the Blackbird guitar chord fingerings and the finger-picking arpeggiation style typically used in the song’s performance.

You can follow the Blackbird guitar tab written above to get started, but I also recommend you take advantage of one of the many video tutorials available. You can get access to a free Blackbird guitar tutorial when you sign up via the link above.

You’ll be shown step by step what you need to learn and practice in order to play the song well, as well as a number of tips and tricks that will help you emulate the original song style and truly master the piece.

This is a song that many guitarists attempt to play, but in my opinion it takes quite a bit of skill in order to play it well, and I encourage you to commit to practicing this piece and coming back to the tab many times in order to make sure you really do have a good understanding of how each chord functions and how to best move your fingers around the piece and create a smooth, mellifluous feeling to the Blackbird chord progression.

I hope you enjoy learning Blackbird by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and good luck working your way through the tab above!