The Beatles – If I Fell – acoustic rhythm guitar lesson

Learn how to play the acoustic rhythm guitar part from the Beatles classic “If I Fell” with video demonstration by Rick McCargar of

While you may learn the song faster with tab, you learn to play guitar faster if you have to spend a little more time working on getting the right chords by watching and listening, and ultimately, isn’t that the goal?

Last week’s lesson to practice learning by ear was finger-picking Jim Croce’s “These Dreams”, and this week it’s a Beatles classic, “If I Fell”.

On the original, there are two acoustics and one electric, I selected the acoustic that had the extra chords in the intro.

Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!

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12 comments on “The Beatles – If I Fell – acoustic rhythm guitar lesson

    • Thanks Anita. That reminds me of a comment made by Doc Watson years ago. Someone told him that they thought his guitar sounded great, Watson put it on the guitar stand and said, how does it sound now. ha ha…

      Here he is playing Black Mountain Rag:

      • LOL. Depending on who’s playing (especially if it’s me), I think the guitar sounds much better on the stand. πŸ™‚

      • No. . . not yet. But keep asking me. It motivates me to know someone is actually interested in hearing the finished product. πŸ™‚

      • When I sent it to Abbey Road for mastering, they said I should strip off all final effects like reverb/compression, etc. So I did.

        When Simon Gibson (he was in charge of remastering the Beatles catalog) mastered mine, he left it really dry, and over time, I grew to dislike it. I originally asked him about it, and he thought it punctuated the guitar playing with the abruptness of the end of my vocals, so I went with it.

        I just couldn’t take it after a while, and had global reverb and a little tweaking done to make it flow a bit better.

        That does nothing to change the “demo” sound of it, nor my pitch and timing problems, but it’s what I can do at this time, so I’m okay with it.

      • Ha, ha. My husband is sooo critical of his timing. I think playing rhythm guitar is even harder than playing solos and licks.

        I really like the new mix! Thank you so much for the free download. That was so thoughtful of you.

        I used to think that I should be able to “just sing” and the recording would come out fine. But I’ve learned over the years that I really value a quality mix. And, I feel less than wowed if I don’t have reverb on my voice. It just gives it a presence. I know singers who feel very differently about that, though. But, you’re right. You’ve got to be able to listen to your recordings and be happy. Well . . . I’m never completely happy with my recordings. . . πŸ™‚

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