- Hardcover: 1136 pages
- Publisher: Wise Publications (January 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 071193293X
- ISBN-13: 978-0711932937
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 11 x 2.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,283,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beatles: Complete Scores Hardcover – January, 1993
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At times, the authors were able to capture some subtlties in the music which had gone unnoticed by me... but a careful re-listening to the song revealed the score to be surprisingly correct.
Regarding some of the complaints in other Amazon reviews, which made me a bit hesitant to buy:
1) Size of the print: it really is not that small, and it is quite legible.
2) Supposed inaccuracy of chord names: it appears that there is a general chord name above the staff, but more detailed guitar-part scoring in the staff... they were not trying to name the exact chord every time... in some cases not every string is being played.
3) Complaints about the inclusion of 'tab' for 'musical illiterates': tab actually includes, concisely, information which standard notation cannot show easily... like exactly which string/fret to use, out of several options on the guitar. And, by the way, Paul McCartney STILL does not read or write standard notation himself.
NOTE: I also compared this book to Hal Leonard's "The Beatles" (21 songs, in their "Transcribed Scores" series), and was amazed how much better The Beatles Complete Scores is.
The major flaw with those books was that they replicated the melody line and attached a chord, but in most cases they came nowhere near the actual arrangements. This is particularly true on piano based hits such as Hey Jude, Let it Be, Yesterday, Lady Madonna, Back in the USSR etc.
This book gets the original arrangements as played by the Beatles which are generally much better and actually easier to play a lot of times. You can discern McCartney's piano style which is not technically difficult. After all you are accompanying a voice and not playing a melody.
So when you play Let it Be it sounds so much better, and with Hey Jude you think that's all he did to make that sound. Lady Madonna enables you to sound ridiculously accomplished playing something that is technically quite easy. Obviously I am approaching this from a piano player's viewpoint.
As far as guitar is concerned, it has very authentic transcriptions, certainly on the fingerpicking songs such as Blackbird and Julia, which are not that difficult to reproduce.
I have found this book to be unbelievably helpful. You are getting some of the Beatles trade secrets here. You finally get to see the outside the box thinking that separated the Beatles from the rest. I rate this book the best sheet music investment I have ever made, and a must for any aspiring musician. The genius is in the details.
I hopethis review was helpful.
As mentioned by many other reviewers, you get a pretty heroic stab at scoring all the instruments heard on every song. This admirable attempt gets you on the right track (in the right key signature, etc.), but falls short on detail of all but the simplest (usually from the early years) songs. Clearly The Beatles had extensive use of multiple 4 track machines and eventually 8 tracks as they matured. This book "scores" usually only 5 parts. It would be impossible to score ALL the over-dubs and extremely lengthy to include all instrumentation, notes and George Martin's orchestral arrangements. So, I pick a bone with the authors using the title, "The Complete Scores". To me, that term means something very specific which is not appropriate for these types of recordings. The Beatles, George Martin and his engineers were awsome craftsmen. The layers of sounds we hear on the finished records are a one-time snapshot of their creative process - often with somewhat muddy results. For example, "I Am The Walrus" does have a guitar part - pretty lost in the mix and not represented in the book. I just don't think it's possible to get the "Complete" details on these recordings.
To save space, the authors often have you incorrectly play a single part for each verse repeat.Read more ›
If you want to learn how to play guitar, here is a way to learn from the best! Same with bass....and even piano (though anything other than "Let It Be" will be challenging for a newcomer to the instrument). If your band wants to be the next "1964", here is their owner's manual! The only thing that this book is lacking is the type of guitar and amp you should be using when playing the song in question!
Only two things that make my teeth grind: 1) They will show a C# barred at the 4th fret, go to another chord, then come back to the C#, but now its barred at the 2nd or 3rd fret (even though the handwritten chord letter is correect). This is probably not the author's fault, but rather some lackey forced to write this stuff down. 2)While the transcriptions are accurate, some are shown as played with a maximum amount of difficulty. Prime example is "Blackbird"...there is a much simpler way to play the same notes EXACTLY, without having to make comparatively difficult fingerings.
I would definitely recommend spending some bucks to get this book...if even to see the transcription to "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)"!
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Every song, every instrument, SO thankful someone was allowed to do this. I would like to know the back-story. Read morePublished 14 days ago by M. Barnett
It gets 3 stats, because it has mistakes for the chords. It's almost as if the same folks from Berklee that transcribed all those jazz tunes, and got them wrong, then decided to... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book, but too small. I have 20/20 vision and the notes are too small to play through without clarifying some of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sonrise AC
If you're a Beatles fan and seriously care about getting the notes right, this book is an absolute necessity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good start, but there are some egregious inaccuracies. And this is not just for the ultra-finicky Beatles-obsessive type that you probably are already assuming I am. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Artie Fisk
This is a great book. If you are able to play the piano moderately well, you'll be able to make the music
sound better from this book than from one of the books of piano... Read more
This text is awesome. I didn't realise it would be so well bound. An excellent music analysis resource.Published 4 months ago by Paul Berardi
All the Beatles original scores with guitar tab. I just wish there was ring binding and the print was darker and larger like sheet music so I could read it on a music stand.Published 5 months ago by E Train