Learn how to play a #1 hit Beatles song with our easy Love Me Do ukulele tutorial!
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LOVE ME DO UKULELE TUTORIAL
In this tutorial, you will be using 4 chords. These chords are G7, C, G, and D. You’ll see that Jenny prefers playing the D chord with 2 fingers while strumming 3 strings.
If you are familiar with the song, you will know that the intro uses a really beautiful harmonica solo. John Lennon played the bluesy harmonica riff.
In this tutorial Jenny transcribed the harmonica solo for ukulele.
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In the tutorial, you’ll see Jenny play the song opening by barring across the 7th fret. As soon as she bars the 7th fret, she plays 8, 7, 5 and then she goes all the way to the 3rd string while she plays the 7th fret. She repeats this pattern twice until the opening solo is completed.
When Jenny completes the pattern 3 times, she then reaches to the 8th fret using her ring finger and goes back to the 7th fret.
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THE BEATLES’ DEBUT SINGLE
The Beatles released Love Me Do as their debut single on October 5, 1962. They first released it in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 17 in the charts. Two years later, the group distributed the single in the United States where it became a number one hit. In 1982, Love Me Do got a bunch of new promotion and moved up to number 4 in the U.K.
Something different about this song is that Paul McCartney wrote it before the Beatles became a band. He had written it while he was still a student. Although McCartney had written the song, John Lennon contributed the middle eight bars.
ADDITIONAL FUN FACTS ABOUT LOVE ME DO
- Lennon and McCartney skipped school in order to finish writing the song. Lennon was 17 and McCartney was 16.
- This is the first song they recorded but not the first they wrote.
- The song is about Sir Paul McCartney’s girlfriend at the time, Iris Caldwell.
- There are 3 different recorded versions of the song and each has a different drummer. Pete Best was the first drummer to play this song in June 1962. Ringo Starr became the drummer when this song was played on September 4th. Andy White played the drums during the recording of the single.