How to Play A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles (Guitar Lesson)

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John Auker

A Hard Day's Night

John Auker teaches the Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night". From the iconic opening chord to the classic George Harrison guitar solo, John teaches each of the guitar parts plus an acoustic "campfire" version that you can perform solo on your acoustic guitar!

Taught by John Auker in Beatles Songs with John Auker seriesLength: 52:37Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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keithcymrukeithcymru replied

Love the song.. and as beginner love how it is taught John.. thank you.. practice practice practice eh.. lol

rosettarosetta replied

Sorry. I don't understand english lessons. I wish to Know what is the password on membership card. I want to learn some songs. But they are only those in list. Thanks for the reply.

John.AukerJohn.Auker replied

Hi everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the lesson! Bear with me, I have a few more thoughts on the opening chord that weren't clear in the video. (Sorry, my fault) First, please watch Scene 3 at about 1:45 and Scene 6 from :50-1:45. There, I demonstrate the chord as an Fadd9 with the thumb on the first fret of the low E (103213). I believe this is the best analysis based on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wbNaEXmyrw#t=17 In scene 6, I mention of George Martin's piano part. For me, this is huge when trying to understand the opening chord. The piano is playing consecutive D,G,D,G (all below middle C). The highest G in the piano chord would sound like a guitar's open G string. The first G in the piano chord would sound like the 3rd fret on the low E string. I think that's why we all want to put that G on the bottom of our chord, but that's a piano note, not a guitar note. Now, the Bachman video is good, but I have a hard time buying it. Randy says that he got to hear all of the isolated tracks, right? Yet, he makes no mention of the piano track. So, did he really get to hear all of the tracks, or was Giles Martin holding out on him? Last, you can find takes 1-9 on YouTube. They are so great to listen to. You can hear how quickly they worked in the studio. In the first few takes, you can hear the engineers experimenting with delay on the opener. George's first few solos reveal the reason they came up with a composed solo later. Now, finally, here's the first few takes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ylGmY5RlI After the mistake, at about :10, you can hear John strike a chord while he talks. He hits an Ami11 (X00213)...Could this be what he stuck with all 9 takes? Or did he change it a take later? The mystery continues...

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied

There's one minor detail on the first chord though. It is an F add9, but there is a G in the bass, and the open A string is also there. So the tab should actually be 303213. Paul Mccartney is also playing a D in the bass, so I guess this would be more like a Dm7add11. But either way, nobody will notice the difference in a band situation, if you played it as a regular 4 note Fadd9 on the treble strings.

John.AukerJohn.Auker replied

I like your solution, Nate. That's a nice way to get the full sound of the chord without a piano player.

dhaydhay replied

i disagree entirely with rlh5399. I enjoy the comments on the history of the song. If you don't like it, you can fast forward? Great Lesson John.

rlh5399rlh5399 replied

Like many lessons on jamplay.com there is a huge waste of time getting to anything remotely resembling a lesson. Then when I finally get to the lesson there is discussion ad naauseum over what the first chord is! Good grief.... really Jamplay needs to seriously stop all the time wasting.

jboothjbooth replied

I love how much mystery and suspense there is around the intro chord 50 years later. This is great.

davem_ordavem_or replied

here is my favorite link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvxPc5MPEuQ

davem_ordavem_or replied

...regarding the song opening.

hubajube25hubajube25 replied

Here is some additional context for this song for those interested... It adds some detail around the mysterious intro chord (which also confirms John Auker's theory on the F add 9). http://www.guitarworld.com/guide-songs-and-instruments-featured-beatles-hard-days-night-album http://www.guitarworld.com/song-facts-beatles-hard-days-night

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A Hard Day's Night

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John Auker

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John Auker began studying music at the age of ten, starting on violin and moving to guitar two years later. His parents enrolled him in guitar lessons at age 12, and they luckily found a great teacher from the start. They stuck with his first instructor, Shawn Bradshaw for six years. At first, Mr. Bradshaw guided John through his favorite songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After a couple years the lessons got tougher, challenging John to expand his knowledge of scales, chord shapes, music theory and improvisation, ultimately priming him for study at the collegiate level.

As his passion for music developed throughout his teens, John found opportunities to play guitar with his middle school orchestra, his high school jazz band, indoor drumline, and church worship bands, where he was additionally called upon to play bass. In 2001, Auker continued his musical training with Stan Smith and Karl Wohlwend at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. The years spent with Stan and Karl at Capital made John into a complete, professional and mature musician. Shortly before graduating Cum Laude with a B.M. in Jazz Studies/Contemporary Guitar performance in 2005, he received outstanding recognition from the Elmhurst Jazz Festival for his performance with the Capital University Big Band.

In the summer of 2009, John auditioned for the role of George Harrison in Hard Day’s Night, landing the job just in time to play his debut show in November that year. In addition to his role as George in Hard Day’s Night, he remains an active participant in the Columbus local music community, playing and recording with various groups. Auker has previously played with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Stan Smith and Nova Madrugada, Steve Houghton, and Grammy nominated singers, Jeff Anderson and Sarah Kelly. He has appeared with Hard Day’s Night on ABC’s News 8 Daybreak in Dallas, TX.

John serves regularly at Grove City Nazarene, Vineyard Columbus, and Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, three of the largest congregations in the Columbus area. Auker has done studio work for Jeff Anderson’s In the Shadow, and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s jingle “Good Day Columbus.” Most recently, John contributed all of the electric guitar parts on Noelle Shearer's 2013 release, Speak to Me.

Aside from discovering and listening to new and inspiring music, John enjoys music-related projects such as refinishing/repairing guitars, songwriting and recording. He also enjoys spending quiet time around the house with his wife, Megan and physical activity-exercising, riding bikes or playing on the playground with his daughter, Nora.

Offering private instruction for guitar, ukulele, bass and mandolin, Auker maintains a full teaching schedule at Music & Arts Center in Worthington, OH, and the Guitar House Workshop in Upper Arlington, OH. John is happy to join the JamPlay team and hopes that he can help others find joy in creativity as they continue their musical journey.



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