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How to Play Blackbird for Solo Guitar by The Beatles (Guitar Lesson)


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Marcelo Berestovoy

Blackbird for Solo Guitar

The guitar part that Paul McCartney plays on Blackbird is already legendary, but just imagine playing the vocal melody line on top of the guitar part! Marcelo shows you step by step how to do just that. In addition, Marcelo breaks down the chords and harmony, to allow you to improvise over the changes.

Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in The Beatles for Solo Guitar seriesLength: 41:23Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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woody53woody53 replied on February 13th, 2017

Marcelo, your instructions have made me a better musician. Please add more solo guitar lessons.

PEPEJOEPEPEJOE replied on November 17th, 2016

this is excellent stuff,I'd like some other songs to be included as well

TonySlashTTonySlashT replied on September 10th, 2016

Just beautiful marcelo. I love this song, and I love you're solo guitar version as much as Paul's Vocal. Can I ask if you've done other lessons on improvisation, as I found you're methods so easy to understand but I obviously need to learn more to understand how modal scales are used to work on solos. Amazing lesson, thank you

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied on February 23rd, 2017

Yes Tony. Look up my "Theory and Improv" series and come to my live Q&A sessions if you have any questions

dirtmanmike2dirtmanmike2 replied on July 25th, 2016

Gentlemen and ladies, I have absolutely enjoyed learning from Brent Mason's style However I am requesting you all to unsubscribe me from Jam Play. For I am not playing very much anymore and I am also retired and need the $19.95 a month! Thanks again! Mike Roberts [email protected]

Chasing-WindChasing-Wind replied on March 19th, 2016

Really like the mellow sound of your guitar.

pup1pup1 replied on March 5th, 2016

These are great lessons. I like the way that you respect the original arrangements and chords. Will you be doing more of these lessons.

brendan.tbrendan.t replied on February 18th, 2016

Like you said the guitar part is so strong it must have been a challenge to play around with it

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied on February 18th, 2016

Indeed. I worked on this arrangement for a long time before I was able to play it.

The Beatles for Solo Guitar

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In this series Marcelo provides a unique perspective on classic Beatles songs. These original arrangements will allow you to perform the melody and chords all in one! As a bonus, Marcelo does an in depth harmonic analysis and shows how to improvise solos over the chords as well.



Lesson 1

Yesterday for Solo Guitar

Join Marcelo for his beautiful solo guitar arrangement of Yesterday. This lesson includes an intermediate solo guitar version, a beginning solo guitar version, and an improv version that will show you...

Length: 36:59 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Blackbird for Solo Guitar

The guitar part that Paul McCartney plays on Blackbird is already legendary, but just imagine playing the vocal melody line on top of the guitar part! Marcelo shows you step by step how to do just that....

Length: 41:23 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

All My Loving for Solo Guitar

"All My Loving" may not be the first Beatles song you think of when developing solo guitar versions of Beatles songs, but Marcelo has chosen this one, and it stands out due to it's beautiful melody and...

Length: 54:03 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

A Hard Day's Night for Solo Guitar

Join Marcelo as he takes the classic Beatles song, A Hard Day's Night, and shows us his original solo guitar arrangement. In addition, Marcelo also gives you insight into improvising over the chords!

Length: 33:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Marcelo Berestovoy View Full Biography This Latino artist, composer and guitarist, has inspired a new musical trend that he has called “Southern World Music”. This innovative mix of sounds is a blend of the tango from Argentina, flamenco from the south of Spain, and several musical styles from Southern California. Marcelo has done live presentations and recorded with artists like Ricky Martin, Selena, Leon Gieco, Daniela Romo, Sergio Arau and Bebu Silvetti to name a few. In television, he accompanied stars such as Jorge Moreno, Grammy Award winner in 2002 in the “Best New Artist” category. He also composed the song “Gitano Corazon”, recorded by Natalia Oreiro in her album “Tu Veneno”. This album was nominated in the Latino Grammy Award 2001 in the category of “Best Female Pop Album”. He is co-author of the song “One Heart” with Steven Segal, Larry King and Tommy Coster. His musical talent has been shown in movies including “Dirt”, “The Mexican”, “Un Pedazo de Tierra” and “Paulie”. He has participated in television shows, concerts and kick-off parties for movies like “Mission Impossible II” and “The Disapearance of Garcia Lorca”.



Marcelo was born and raised in Argentina. He says he felt a passion for the music since he was about 11 years old when he started to take guitar lessons. His father had a lot of influence in his love for music. Together they used to play the songs that Marcelo wrote. His father always took him to listen to jazz. At this time, listening to jazz gave Marcelo another perspective since he was a rock fanatic. His motivation was first the Beatles and then Charly and Spinetta “the skinny”. Marcelo recalls that by the age of 18, he was playing in different places throughout Buenos Aires, Argentina. He would play four to five nights a week with different groups or to accompany solo singers.

His decision to come to Los Angeles was motivated by his interest in jazz. In 1985, he came to study to GIT and he never returned to Argentina. Marcelo currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his lovely wife and son. He performs live at several local places. In addition to playing the guitar and composing, Marcelo teaches in the “Musicians Institute”, one of the most prestigious in the music world.

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