The Beatles: Piano Tracks
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The Beatles: Piano Tracks

The Beatles are natural musicians, they are not limited to the original instruments they started with like guitars and drums. They can play other instruments as well. They can substitute for a band member if they are for a leave or temporarily not available. The guitar became a secondary instrument after the later years of the Beatles. They began using writing songs mainly for a different instrument.

The Beatles are recognised as a guitar rock and roll band. As the years progressed, the Beatles improved in the music industry they became multi-instruments able to use almost every instrument. John Lennon learnt to play the piano, the harmonica and other instruments like Paul McCartney who event learnt how to play the upright bass. Paul McCartney on various occasions also played the drums. George Harrison is the Beatle who knows how to play the most number of instruments he can play the, Harmonium, Sitar, Glockenspiel and other Indian Instruments

The Piano is one of the musical instruments the Beatles used to write songs, most of the Beatle tracks started out as a demo with a piano used. John Lennon mostly wrote songs with the guitar but used a lot of piano in his solo career.  Majority of Paul McCartney’s songs were written using a piano the number of his piano based songs is greater than his guitar based songs.  I want to hold your Hand is played with the guitar on the Beatle track, but it was actually written with the use of a piano.

John Lennon’s piano/keyboard songs

  • A Day in the Life
  • Hey Bulldog
  • I am the Walrus
  • The Word
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  • Sexy Sadie
  • What’s the New Mary Jane

Paul McCartney’s piano/keyboard songs

  • Hey Jude
  • Let it Be
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • For No One
  • Martha My Dear
  • Lady Madonna
  • You Never Give Me Your Money
  • Golden Slumbers
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • Hello Goodbye
  • You Know My Name Look up the Number
  • Good Day Sunshine
  • You Won’t See Me
  • Fixing a Hole
  • Honey Pie

George Harrison’s piano/keyboard songs

  • Old Brown Shoe
  • Because

John Lennon only played a few actual piano songs the rest were played on a keyboard. Although much of John Lennon’s solo work were played on a Grand Piano.

Most of Paul McCartney’s popular Beatle Songs were played on the Piano such as Let it Be and Hey Jude. People who are not Beatle fans will think that Paul McCartney is a pianist although he is really a bassist. Ringo Starr also played the piano as seen in the Let it Be movie (a documentary movie about the Beatles) where he played the piano with Paul McCartney.

George Harrison came up with the tune of Because on a Moog Synthesiser based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. George Harrison also played a keyboard like instrument, the harmonium and certain tracks.

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Another great review on the group. Thank you, Gerard.