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How to Play Day Tripper by The Beatles (Guitar Lesson)


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John Auker

Day Tripper

John Auker dives into the Beatles classic "Day Tripper". He covers the full album version of the song and then moves on to teach a solo acoustic campfire version of the song.

Taught by John Auker in Beatles Songs with John Auker seriesLength: 53:51Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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clm123clm123 replied on March 2nd, 2017

Great Lesson series on this tune. Thanks.

tomvwash1tomvwash1 replied on October 12th, 2016

Wondering what model Epiphone you are using.

gslspace2014gslspace2014 replied on August 25th, 2016

Good lesson the daytripper but i need some help on the struming. the inro of the song on the E7- chord and A7-chord. thank you John. my email address [email protected]

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on November 9th, 2015

That was covering a lot of guitar parts for one song. Timing is everything.

SteveAikenSteveAiken replied on May 29th, 2015

Thanks John. Good lesson, I will be re-playing it a few billion times so I can learn. It is fun to learn some Beatles stuff. Even though I was playing acoustic guitar in 1962, I never tried their songs. I will now with your Beatles series. Later

tripletstriplets replied on May 17th, 2015

Problems with the video. Keep stopping

tripletstriplets replied on May 17th, 2015

Problem with video.Keeps stopping and second section no fully loading

JIMMYGJRJIMMYGJR replied on February 27th, 2015

Problems with the video. Kept stopping, stuttering, starting, and stopping. Changed browsers and same thing. Also problem with the tempo change at times. Occasionally stopped, stuttered, rewound, and started.

MaulwurfMaulwurf replied on January 18th, 2015

Missing the backing track !

clayeagleclayeagle replied on October 30th, 2014

Lesson gives an error message

f4ushotf4ushot replied on October 18th, 2014

Excellent break down. Appreciate some of the song's background and band history also

gslspace2014gslspace2014 replied on August 18th, 2014

there is something wrong with your website and video. what happen to the other jamplay online lessons . please be kind to give a phone call. my phone number is 909-981-3475. thank you

Beatles Songs with John Auker

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In this series we will take a look at songs from one of the greatest bands ever, The Beatles. Our expect instructors will break the songs down, note by note, and also provide tablature and backing tracks.



Lesson 1

All My Loving

John Auker teaches the classic Beatles tune "All My Loving." He demonstrates the classic version on an electric guitar and guides you through the song note-for-note. He also teaches a solo, sing-along...

Length: 41:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

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...

Length: 52:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Let It Be

Join John Auker as he takes a look at the classic George Harrison guitar solo from the song "Let It Be". As a bonus, John shows us an acoustic "campfire" version of the the entire song! Here's a great...

Length: 38:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Day Tripper

John Auker dives into the Beatles classic "Day Tripper". He covers the full album version of the song and then moves on to teach a solo acoustic campfire version of the song.

Length: 53:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

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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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