Lesson 27: Song. I'm Only Sleeping by The Beatles

A favourite song of mine, from what could be my favourite Beatles album (though that changes all the time). This is a nice song to end the course with; it's a great and quite challenging tune to play, and it brings together many of the things we've looked at.

As I say in the video, it's important to realise that you don't have to be locked into a fixed strumming pattern for the entire song. Use my suggested strumming pattern as a starting point, and then start to throw in variations wherever it feels good. As long as you're feeling the beat of the song, and keeping your right hand moving up and down in time, you shouldn't go too far wrong. The song will start to sound less stiff, and you'll really start to make it your own.

Below, I've written out the two basic parts to the song (download here). Notice the points where the time signature changes from 4 beats per bar to 2 beats. This could be written in a few different ways, but this is how it feels to me. Listen to the original and use the chord/lyric chart (download here) to piece together the whole song, once you can play the basic parts.