They wrote the songs that changed music. Often on the guitar. In this mind-expanding class, you will study the Masters, with a master. 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, melody, rhythm, song structure, music theory, and so much more. 


  • Each "season" is 6 classes, 6 songs total and includes song study, song analysis, the 2 hr lecture and discussion, Bill LaFleur's complete transcriptions and analysis.
  • On-demand students will be eligible to submit songs you write using concepts of class for feedback in upcoming workshops with Bill LaFleur

Class format:

  • WINTER 2022 Season 4: start date TBA!
  • class meets online over Zoom video conferencing in a fully interactive setting
  • class includes 2 optional/additional song workshops, immediately after class 4 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
  • if you prefer, you may take a previous season on-demand

We are so pleased to again offer this exceptional class, and for the first time ever in a fully interactive online format!

Bill LaFleur has built FIVE full 6-class meeting cycles ("Seasons")--more than 30 Beatles songs and music lessons to last a literal lifetime of creating. The full text is more than 400 pages--a book soon to be published.

Want to study still more Beatles? Guitar and piano players alike, take Bill's self-paced/on-demand class The Beatles Code and go deeper on a theoretical tip. Then join in for the masterclass meet-up and get input on your own use of the Code in your original songs.

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.

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