Which Beatles-song would be best in gypsy-jazz-style?

ArnsteinArnstein New
edited October 2007 in Welcome Posts: 43
I guess the topic-subject says it all.


  • RomKyzarRomKyzar BaltimoreNew
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    'When I'm 64' comes to mind immediately.
  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
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    Robin N. does a great version of And I Love Her. I've also done Something in the past (some nice descending chord lines that fit the style), and we'll sometimes end Bye Bye Blackbird by launching into Blackbird...

  • ElliotElliot Madison, WisconsinNew
    edited October 2007 Posts: 551
    Funny, I asked for Beatle songs over at the UK forum a year ago.

    Straight 4/4:
    Instant Karma
    Lovely Rita
    Honey Pie - (someone else suggested this one)

    You're Gonna Lose That Girl - 7ths, m7ths
    Till There Was You - 7ths, 7+5, 7+9
    And I Love Her

    But really any shuffle can be converted to swing if you think about it, so you also have just about everything from Thin Lizzy - Dancin' in the Moonlight, etc. (I'm a huge fan of Phil Lynott).
  • blindjimmyblindjimmy phoenix,az✭✭✭✭
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    while my guitar, o bla di. i've also done riveria paradise, hey joe, and house of the rising sun like this.
    shut up and play your guitar
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    Since so many songs in the GJ tradition are in AABA song form, I'd look to tunes in the same forms ... I Will, Julia, for example.

    Not a Beatles tune, but famously done by the Beatles -- Till There Was You.

    I'd think that so many would work ... good tunes with cool chords (and then you can sub out the chords for GJ-style grips).
  • gatsbygatsby United States✭✭✭✭
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    Penny Lane, if you feel inspired!
  • stublastubla Prodigy Godefroy Maruejouls
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    I've covered "Girl" in the past--works superbly coz it has a very jewish/gypsy minor key feel.Do it in G minor.
  • I personally think that the only Beatles song that really "swung" was "Honey Pie", but of course, some of their other songs are swingable... "When I'm Sixty Four" doesn't swing... it kinda has a rock beat, but its a similar style and tempo than Honey Pie...
    Jon Austen, Portland, OR
    playing since 1997
  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
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    I'll join everyone else that said "Till There Was You." My friend Dave Willis from Whidbey Island Music first pointed me to that one. My wife and I loved it so much that we asked Sims and the gang at Harmonious Wail to perform it at our wedding reception as "our song" that we danced to. Maggie had a really nice vocal on it too.
  • V-dubV-dub San Francisco, CA✭✭✭✭
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    Funny you should mention it, I just recorded a version of "Till There Was You" in the bolero style. Here it is!

    We also played this at DFNW last month.

    I also just caught Ned Bointon'sgroup Cafe American at the Berkeley Djangofest last weekend and they did Eleanor Rigby and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. (FYI they play every wednesday at Cafe Trieste in San Francisco)
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