THE BEATLES FOR GUITAR - An Open Workshop, with Bill LaFleur

They wrote the songs that changed music. In this informative and informal 90-minute Zoom workshop, Bill LaFleur examines the harmony-melody strategies and styles of John Lennon in "Strawberry Fields" and of Paul McCartney in "Penny Lane." He gives a glimpse of the riches he'll impart in his 6-week online class The Beatles for Guitar.

Watch the video and download the handout as our guest--Bill's own notes about the songs, a theory lesson, and his transcriptions. Included is a guitar arrangement for "Penny Lane" (a song written for piano). 

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In the 6-week class The Beatles for Guitar, you will learn not only how to play the great songs on guitar--you will learn the harmony-melody concepts of those songs and how to make use of them in your own songs. This is a deep dive into songcraft, chord progressions, rhythm, and so much more. 

More about class format and your instructor, below.


Class format:

  • class meets 6 Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm Pacific, starting 1/23/21
  • class meets online over Zoom video conferencing in a fully interactive setting
  • class includes 2 optional/additional song workshops, immediately after class 3 and after class 6, where you'll get to present the song you wrote using techniques and concepts from the class; 
  • you can join for individual classes or save and pay for the entire course 
  • at the private class site, you will be able to access the extensive PDF handouts each week, which include a lesson, chord charts, and the complete transcription of the song or songs to be covered each week
  • class members will be able to access the video archives of class--a treasure trove of learning
  • you will be able to play along when it's time to play

Want more Bill LaFleur and More Beatles?

Bill's amazing class The Beatles Code is offered entirely on-demand online and will feature quarterly "masterclass" Zoom sessions where students can ask questions, present songs using the Code, and connect with fellow songwriters.


About Your Instructor
Teacher Bill LaFleur is uniquely qualified to teach this class. Not only is he a patient, enthusiastic teacher who has previously headed our Beatles for Guitar and Guitar for Songwriters classes. He has transcribed Magical Mystery Tour for Hal Leonard Publishing and has been charged with the task of CORRECTING their previously "complete" scores of The Beatles. Thus the class will make use of his own painstaking analysis and presentation of Beatles classics.

For the last many years he has been lead transcriber and arranger for NBC's The Voice and continues to create and edit scores and transcriptions for Hal Leonard Publishing.

The handouts for this class alone are remarkable materials that will give you years of compositional material to build on. Some Music Theory knowledge strongly suggested. Students should have completed Music Theory for Songwriters, Level 1 or the equivalent. Some Level 2 knowledge encouraged though not required.