How to Play Yesterday by The Beatles (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges

Yesterday

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Rock and Country Songs With Dennis Hodges seriesLength: 20:25Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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mariaolstmariaolst replied

a bit challenging to listen to the flat notes but great in every other respect

shiroshiro replied

The tuning down is so that it sounds a bit deeper and you get more of the bass sound. You guys are idiotic with these comments lol. The point of these solo guitar versions are not to "play with the original". It's SOLO guitar. If you want to play in standard tuning, then learn it this way by playing along with the video, and then simply tune your guitar back and play it in standard, same fingerings...

rarebird0rarebird0 replied

geez, be nice if your tuning was accurate to the content spec. You're flat

Axe2Axe2 replied

doesnt sound good in standard tuning

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

I wish you could put the lyrics above the notes in the tab! That would be such a plus!

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

Great job Dennis!

dorcas87dorcas87 replied

I reckon this whole detuning thing makes absolutely NO ONE wants to learn the song with this particular video. Is it really necessary to detune the entire guitar a tone down? It's really not helpful for learning at all!!!!

vitor.k75vitor.k75 replied

where I can see the video?

trini1trini1 replied

Oh Boy?

spiragospirago replied

What tuning are you in??????

jorgerivadeneirajorgerivadeneira replied

Tune down one step

wattsrrwwattsrrw replied

He has just tuned everything down one tone, so the low E becomes D etc etc

Rock and Country Songs With Dennis Hodges

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Dennis Hodges is known on JamPlay as a "Metal" guitar instructor but in this series he'll teach you classic songs from bands such as ZZ Top.



Jesus Just Left ChicagoLesson 1

Jesus Just Left Chicago

Here is a lesson on a very popular song from ZZ Top's Tres Hombres, which was released in 1973. Dennis Hodges teaches you all the parts, so get ready for some good ol' fashioned blues rock!

Length: 33:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blue Jean BluesLesson 2

Blue Jean Blues

Dennis Hodges teaches you how to play this classic song from ZZ Top. If you are a Billy Gibbons fan or just a fan of tasty, slow blues playing in general, check out this lesson!

Length: 60:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Corrine, CorrinaLesson 3

Corrine, Corrina

Learn this early rock 'n' roll classic from Big Joe Turner. Dennis Hodges teaches all of the guitar parts as well as the saxophone solo adapted for guitar.

Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Locomotive BreathLesson 4

Locomotive Breath

Learn the guitar parts to Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" as well as a guitar arrangement of the flute solo.

Length: 56:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
YesterdayLesson 5

Yesterday

Dennis Hodges covers the acoustic Beatles classic "Yesterday."

Length: 20:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Can't Buy Me LoveLesson 6

Can't Buy Me Love

Dennis Hodges teaches both the acoustic and electric parts to the classic Beatles song "Can't Buy Me Love."

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Drive My CarLesson 7

Drive My Car

Dennis Hodges teaches "Drive My Car," a classic song from The Beatles.

Length: 25:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Dennis Hodges

About Dennis Hodges View Full Biography For better or worse, Dennis Hodges cannot stop playing music, and (he hopes) will never stop playing music.

Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Dennis had a tremendous passion for drawing. He couldn't stop copying moves from bands he saw on MTV, though, and it didn't help that his parents filled the house with Santana, Stevie Ray, and Allman Bros. (on real records, no less!) so it wasn't long till he got his first guitar. It was junk. Within a few weeks his parents traded in a poor acoustic for a less junky 3/4-size electric.

Dennis started lessons right away at the age of 8. He still remembers hating it for awhile, and not taking it seriously until he was 12. He is thankful his parents forced him to practice early on and kept paying for lessons, even though rational thinking should have stopped them after a year.

Around this time drawing became less important, and guitar consumed all his attention. After 6 years of lessons he parted ways with his teacher and, after trying out two others with no results, decided to continue alone. His nerdistic tendencies paid off, as he put in hours working on picking and left hand exercises and learned as many Randy Rhoads and Kirk Hammett solos as he could.

Luckily, there were playing opportunities at school talent shows and church. Dennis was playing bass at his church when he was 13, helping to hone his performance skills in a group setting.

In high school, Dennis joined the marching band on sousaphone for all 4 years. It was as awesome as you could expect. He was also fortunate enough to be in several different metal bands, still play at church, and get the incredible opportunity to play guitar for many local community theaters. This kept his sight-reading in shape and gave him an appreciation for different styles of music (and paid pretty well, from a high schooler's perspective).

In 2001, Dennis came to Bexley, Ohio to study guitar at Capital University with Stan Smith. His studies emphasized jazz and classical guitar. Here his metal past merged with a deeper understanding of the instrument and music in general, and the basis for most of his teaching style was set in motion.

Dennis now plays guitar for Upper Arlington Lutheran Church every Sunday, for St. Christopher in Grandview, Ohio, with the youth group, and also plays for touring Broadway shows that stop in Columbus. Occasionally, he plays weddings and private parties, and he is starting a new cover band with some friends, called Dr. Awkward. He is blessed to have his understanding and supportive wife Kate, and is glad to be at JamPlay!

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