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  • Source: Mike Kovacich
Paul McCartney's first ever tutorial for Ever Present Past on Now Play It is available for download from now. This is so cool. As a musician this is like a dream come true, getting lesson from the man himself, Paul McCartney. What I do when a new Paul album comes out (except for the drumming) is I figure out the chords and if I'm doing a cover version the base line of some songs. To see Paul doing just this is just amazing. and Paul take it much further. They superimpose the chords and show the guitar frets and fingering upclose so to assist the novice or awe the more experienced players.

I chatted with the good people over at and this is the first tutorial of a Paul McCartney song. They would love to do more songs with Paul but I guess that depend how successful this Ever Present Past tutorial is. Don't know about you but I'd love to see a bunch of tutorials of Paul showing us how to play some of his classics.

Below is a preview but you can download the full version by clicking here.

This is a multi-instrument tutorial where Paul takes you through the parts for the Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Drums for his new single Ever Present Past. It’s a very accessible song to learn and is recommended for both beginners and more experienced players whether you play guitar, drums or bass.

The acoustic guitar part uses the more basic ‘open’ chord positions making it perfect for beginners which is also true of the single note ‘hook’ that Paul takes you through on electric guitar. More experienced guitarists can get their teeth into the main electric riff which makes use of some slides up the fret board as well as some nice muting. There’s also some classic rock’n’roll riffing on the electric rhythm part that comes in on the chorus.

The Bass part can be taken on two levels, beginners can start out by playing the basic root notes of the song but Paul also gives you some helpful suggestions about how you can develop the part by sliding up the neck and making use of some other notes to create more melody within the bass line.

The drum part to this song is a classic, kick snare and hats, rock’n’roll beat, which makes it ideal for anyone just starting out. But, as with the bass part there are suggestions as to how you can add to this by putting in some fills. Here in particular Paul is keen for you to be creative and perhaps come up with a few ideas of your own!

Each instrument is covered separately with all the close ups, chord boxes and opportunities to play along that you would expect from a NowPlayIt tutorial. However, this is a lesson with a difference as not only does he take you through all the parts to the song but he actually records each part live before adding the next, gradually building the track up layer by layer, track by track. At the end of the lesson all the parts are put together creating a live multi instrument play-through. This is a bonus feature and as well as this live play-through, you also get the standard now play it play-through where you get the single and promo video with chord boxes layered over it for the bass, electric and acoustic parts.
All this makes for a tutorial quite unlike anything we’ve done before. As well as being four tutorials in one it’s also a great insight into the spontaneity and creativity of multi-track recording and an intimate look at one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century at work.

(TUTORIAL DURATION:27.41MIN) Last Updated: 10/24/07 17:11

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by arni : KQlXuzPYi May 19, 2008 8:47 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
bookmark you thx
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by bob : mfsGsanCrmYJs May 19, 2008 7:21 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
nice site dude
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by ben : lHefNuWdze May 19, 2008 6:24 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
good post man thx
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by Kristen : WI, U.S. November 22, 2007 9:46 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
That was great! I would definitely like to see more "how to" videos from Sir Paul in the future! Keep rockin` Macca!
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by Mark : Tampa, FL November 13, 2007 8:09 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
What could be finer than playing along with legend himself, it`s video`s like this that show how much we appreciate all Sir Paul does for us his fans.
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by mimi amos : Omaha, NE October 31, 2007 4:04 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Love learning from writer/performer/conceptualizer himself! Wonderful video. The short told a lot of the story for the guitar. Enjoying the more active McCartney. Always something new! Kudos.
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by Gary Grizzle : Longview, TX, USA October 24, 2007 9:03 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Awesome! It is always incredibly interesting to watch Sir Paul at work. That`s one reason why "The McCartney Years" dvd will be such a treasure.....besides the obvious video singles, it will also feature the PBS doc on the making of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard from Abbey Road. Go Paul!!! We will be waiting in North Texas for another show - "Secret" or otherwise.
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See Paul himself with a tutorial showing how to play and chords for acoustic, electric and bass guitars and drums for Every Present Past.