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The Beatles: Complete Scores (Transcribed Score)
212 songs1,136 pagesHardcoverComplete Beatles music scores, in both notation and tablature, plus guitar chords and complete lyricsThis special music book contains every song written and/or recorded by The Beatles (including covers), transcribed exactly as played by the Fab Four
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29 Reddit comments about The Beatles: Complete Scores (Transcribed Score):

u/medina_sod · 7 pointsr/musictheory

It's from this. My old roommate had it. It's worth getting.

u/TheKilla88 · 6 pointsr/Guitar
u/KuchDaddy · 5 pointsr/Guitar

I'm pretty sure that it's this book:

It has guitar and bass tabs as well as piano and vocal in traditional musical notation. It has more errors than it should and the font is fucking terribly hard to read, but it is a useful tool if you are into the Beatles.

u/Jongtr · 4 pointsr/musictheory

The only way to really get all that information is to find full sheet music transcriptions. But generally you only find those for the best known bands or classic songs.

E.g., the Beatles Complete Scores:

There are general rules you can bear in mind, though.

Chord instruments (pianos, guitars) will all play the same chord, although they will typically play different "voicings" or "inversions". E.g., on guitar, there are all kinds of shapes for a "C" chord, anywhere you can find those three notes together. Sometimes one instrument will arpeggiate the chord (play the notes singly one at a time). I.e., even if the chord symbol just says "C", there are all kinds of creative ways that chord players can play those notes.

The bass will usually play the chord root on beat 1 of each chord. Sometimes (especially in rock music) it will just keep playing that note, but often it will move around, playing other notes in the chord, or playing riffs or "walking" lines (one different note per beat).

The lead vocal (or lead instrument) will play the melody, riff or whatever. Here is where the main variety is. The melody will be related to the chords, based on the chord tones. E.g., if the chord is C the melody will likely contain C, E or G notes, often quite prominently, but also other notes in passing from the scale of the key.

Sometimes the chord backing will also feature other scale notes, but - if these are consistent - they'll probably be mentioned in the chord symbol. E.g., 7ths, add9s, sus4s, etc. You can often improvise such additions - especially if you're playing the song solo (missing all the detail a band will provide). You might add a bass line between your strumming. You might fingerpick the chords. You might add 4ths, 6ths or 2nds to embellish the chord. That's all down to your understanding of the song, of the style of the song, and your technical skills.

Remember that the vocal melody and lyrics are the most important part of the song. The chords are just an accompaniment - they may not have to be interesting at all, if the tune and words hold an audience's attention.

u/MangoSauce · 3 pointsr/AnimalCollective

It's on my bucket list to write The Beatles: Complete Scores but for AC. I've transcribed some parts of songs that I thought would be difficult so far. Along with notes hypothesizing about how certain sounds were made, equipment, etc, since those questions are constantly asked here.

But then again, demystifying their music has always seemed a little against the band's wishes.

u/portnux · 3 pointsr/Bass

If you like The Beatles you might enjoy this.

u/lilwing98 · 3 pointsr/musicians

The first thing to do is look for a copy of The Beatles: Complete Scores. Here's the Amazon link. That will help a lot with the other tips that have been given.

u/pianolorian · 3 pointsr/piano

Hi! I don't know about videos, but The Beatles Complete Scores has note for note transcriptions of all instruments in each and every Beatles song. There are a few mistakes here and there, but overall, it's pretty solid. It is admittedly a little pricey unless you're a huge Beatles fan. Their transcription of Let It Be is spot on.

On a personal note, this is the book that got me to start learning how to play piano.

u/maestro2005 · 3 pointsr/Learnmusic

If you're interested in Beatles music, I highly recommend this book. It has complete transcriptions of everything the Beatles ever recorded.

u/cyancynic · 3 pointsr/Guitar

I would like to direct you to “Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles” for a lot of really good info on various tricks and techniques employed by the Fab 4 in building fresh sounds. “[Beatles Complete]()” is a more or less obligatory companion volume.

There are a lot of ideas to try out with various Beatles songs cited as examples.

u/BungalowDebill · 3 pointsr/beatles

This is what you're looking for. It has all the chords and much more.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/beatles


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u/digital19 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

+1 for Beatles

The print in this book is WAY too small, but you can always photocopy and enlarge the pieces you want to play.

It has the piano parts. Not perfect, but fairly accurate to how it was played.

u/philipmat · 2 pointsr/Guitar

How about this: The Beatles - Complete Scores: "over 1100 pages with full scores and lyrics to all 210 titles recorded by The Beatles"?

u/frederick_the_wise · 2 pointsr/beatles

I have the Hal Leonard sheet music book. The layout is cumbersome but it's very accurate.

The Beatles: Complete Scores (Transcribed Score)

u/SygnusSightsSounds · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Not a fake book but in my opinion one of the best song book purchases I've ever made:

It's pricey but it has the score for every Beatles song. It's not 100% accurate but it's pretty good a lot of the time.

u/WeAppreciateYou · 2 pointsr/Guitar

> I think you're thinking of this book

Nice. I really think that sheds light on the subject.

Reddit is lucky to have a user like you.

u/alexbrain · 2 pointsr/Guitar

I think you're thinking of this book

u/jamescaspiar · 1 pointr/beatles

If you love the Beatles music with a passion to learn the intricacies of it all, I highly recommend this book. I typically refer to it as my Beatles Bible. And yes, it's expensive, but well worth it.

Edit: HOLY CRAP! I didn't realize it was only about $60. When I bought it as a teenager in 1995, it was about $250. Buy this book! You won't regret it.

u/MojoMonster · 1 pointr/LosAngeles, mah man.

Easy peasy. When you're done with that, head over to /r/Guitar and ask around.

Face to face is useful for learning proper position/pick/strumming technique, but mostly you should be listening and learning by ear.

So I'll walk you through the basics in no particular order once you've gotten over the fingertip pain and can switch chords pretty quickly.

Memorize the notes on the fretboard. Every string. Every fret.

Find trusted tabs for songs you like. Try to play along while listening to the song. Apps like Reaper have "slow down" functions that maintain pitch.

If you are a Beatles fan, The Beatles Complete Scores is invaluable. Even if you aren't a fan, it's a great resource. I'm not a fan of the "professional" tab sites, so do your research if you think you want to subscribe to one of them.

Learn your chords.

Learn your scales.

You don't HAVE to learn music theory, but it helps. Especially if you're playing with other people. So, circle of 5ths and all that.

DM me if you have questions or I'm in Culver City if you want to meet up.

Caveat, I'm not a pro. I don't teach for a living, but I've been playing for far too long and know just enough to get people started. :)

u/arturoman · 1 pointr/beatles

It's great, huh? Once you get some lead guitar going, then this book is pretty much the ultimate.

It's not without the wrong note here or there, but the level of transcription is pretty much beyond what you get in most books. Every guitar part, every piano part, bass guitar, drums, embellishments. It's pretty much all there.

This is what you'll see:

u/duckandmiss · 1 pointr/musicians

As always it starts with playing something very simple and singing over that... playing quarter note chords on the piano with a few chords and figuring out a melody with your voice is a great way to start... watch some videos of people playing and singing at the same time, you'll notice that the parts they play will sometimes get simplified when they are singing, and then become more intricate when they can focus on just the parts.

I would like to point out that many piano books aren't actually the exact way the artist plays the song, in fact most of the songbooks include the melody line in the right hand that should be sung, and not played...

If you were to get the Beatles Score Book, you'll quickly realize that a lot of the melody lines are sung over a chord progression that is much easier than playing the chord progression and the melody line while singing the melody line as well...

u/digitalmediaworld · 1 pointr/transcribe

I don't know about websites but here are two books for The Beatles and Queen that may be good for your purposes.



u/JBFedora · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Seconding the suggestion to just play through as much material as you can. I also learned a lot about orchestrating by doing transcriptions, and you could do the same with The Beatles. I'd recommend picking a few of your favorite songs and trying to write out exactly what you hear without looking at a score of any kind (rather than just playing out of a fake book.) Then check your work and correct any mistakes:

u/BrianWulfric · 1 pointr/beatles

I have this one. It has the complete score for every Beatles song except for maybe Free as a Bird and Real Love. The only problem I have with it is that it's very thick because it's got 200+ songs on it. There's a lot on the page because it's got string arrangements/guitar tabs so that might not appeal to her if she only wants the piano music. It's worth checking out though.

u/sebastianmay · 1 pointr/Music

If you are a musician, pick up a copy of the Complete Scores. It's about 80 bucks (53 on amazon!), and contains the sheet music for every instrument for every song they ever recorded.

u/pianoboy · 1 pointr/piano

See this thread for why sheet music rarely matches what was originally played. However, some publishers are starting to publish accurate transcriptions of the originals for those people who want them. For the Beatles, someone in that same thread posted a link to The Beatles: Complete Scores which is supposedly quite accurate.