Joe Cocker With A Little Help From My Friends Keyboard & Guitar Intro

For me, this is one of the greatest covers of all times; the original, of course, written by the Beatles. The intro is one of the most exciting and dynamic parts of the song, so that’s what we’re looking at this week.

The first part (bars 1-3) in Joe’s cover is actually played by the keyboard, but it’s been arranged for the guitar and is a great alternate picking workout (you could also try sweep picking). You’ll notice how this part spells out the chord changes (G, D, and A) by using ideas based on arpeggios.

Next comes Jimmy Page’s guitar part (yes, it was none other than Jimmy Page on lead guitar!). It may take some time to get your speed up to the recording for the fiddly bits, but don’t worry too much if it sounds a little sloppy, as Jimmy was often sloppy anyway. These lead breaks are based around the A Minor Pentatonic (end of bar 6), and A Major Pentatonic (end of bar 7).

Hope you have as much fun with this one as I did!

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Joe Cocker With a Little Help From My Friends Keyboard & Guitar Intro

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