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Eleanor Rigby

By The Beatles, originally released on the 1966 album Revolver.

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Oct 28, 2016 • VIEWS: 2 • LESSON CODE: UL508

Instruments: ukulele leadsheet Subjects: repertoire

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Eleanor Rigby is a song by The Beatles, originally released on the 1966 album Revolver. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, although in an interview conducted by Playboy magazine in 1980, John Lennon claimed that "the first verse was his and the rest are basically mine." Pete Shotton, a close friend of Lennon who was present at the time, said "Though John (whose memory could be extremely erratic) was to take credit, in one of his last interviews, for most of the lyrics, my own recollection is that 'Eleanor Rigby' was one 'Lennon-McCartney' classic in which John's contribution was virtually nil." McCartney also says that Lennon helped on about "half a line". It remains one of the Beatles' most recognizable and unique songs, with a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin and its striking lyrics about loneliness, continuing the transformation of the Beatles started in Rubber Soul from a mainly pop-oriented act to a more serious and experimental studio band.

Simultaneously released on the 1966 album Revolver and on a 45rpm single. The song was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. With a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin, and striking lyrics about loneliness, the song continued the transformation of the group from a mainly pop-oriented act to a more serious and experimental studio band.

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Eleanor Rigby - Chord Lead Sheet, Basic Chords
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A chord lead sheet of the basic chords for this Beatles classic.

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Eleanor Rigby - Ukulele Melody and Chord Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Standard music notation a d TAB arrangement by Curt Sheller for low G, C tuning.


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Eleanor Rigby - Chord Lead Sheet, Basic Chords
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A chord lead sheet of the basic chords for this Beatles classic.

Eleanor Rigby - Chord Lead Sheet, Jazz Chords
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A version of Eleanor Rigby with more advanced 4-part jazz chords.


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Eleanor Rigby - Solo Ukulele Performance Video
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

This is a demonstration performance of the solo ukulele arrangement from the available TAB.

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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs
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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.

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