Dave Francis – Eleanor Rigby for Solo Baritone Guitar

By October 6, 2014News

\\\\\\Ah, look at all the lonely people (and crushed cars!)///////

Howdy. Today’s offering from Guitarborist is really, um… let’s say unique. In my life, I have not always been the biggest fan of this song by the Beatles. I started looking at the score for it after a student requested the song as learning material. My whole opinion changed radically, as I was again reminded how visionary and groundbreaking the Beatles were. For those of you with a little music know how, the majority of the 1st and 3rd beats in this song have melodic ties. This works really well for fingerstyle arranging because you can pop bass notes in the middle and make it sound sweet! So anyway, after a little while working, I finished my arrangement of this song. I liked it enough to make a recording, and decided that I liked it best on my baritone guitar. A baritone guitar still has six strings, and plays like a regular guitar, however it is tuned much lower and effectively sounds like a hybrid between a guitar and a bass. For this reason I would suggest viewing this through speakers with some BASS. Trust me it will sound a lot better.

If you’re still reading I’d like to offer you a little peak behind the curtain here at Guitarborist headquarters. All of the sound recording for my videos is done in my studio. Often times to make the videos more watchable I’ll bring the instrument I used to record with into a different space and shoot the video there. I’ll listen to the recording while I play for the camera in hopes that everything will sync up later. I’m mentioning this because you, the wise viewer, will probably notice there is a lot of mayhem taking place behind me in this video. We did three takes amidst the awesomeness of car crushing, and even though this song is somber, I couldn’t help but smile at sounds enveloping my attempts to play to my recording. Be advised, this isn’t Hollywood. If someone tells you that throwing a Chevy blazer onto a pile of metal rubble with a crane is peaceful and soothing, they are lying.

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Tony Walter says:

    Dude, that arrangement is so sick! Can I get tab?

    • admin says:

      Tony, I have your info on file. If I put one together I’ll give you a heads up. Thanks for asking, but at the moment, the short answer is no.

  • Dave Turner says:

    Like Tony, I find your arrangement, not to mention your playing of Eleanor Rigby really great and if you do wish the share your work I would really appreciate the TAB.
    Kind Regards
    Dave
    Sydney Australia

    • admin says:

      Dave, thanks very much for the praise. I have your email, and I’m sending notation to it right away. Still not tabbed out yet :/ Lots in the works on my end these days!!

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