Friday, 27 May 2016

And Your Bird Can Sing Three Guitar Tutorial

Though there's a lot of confusion over who played the lead guitar* on And Your Bird Can Sing there's no doubt it's a great part.

*In order of likelihood

1) Harrison and McCartney
2) Harrison double tracked
3) McCartney double tracked
4) Harrison and Lennon

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016


COMING SOON: Episode 4 of the Beatles Songwriting Academy Podcast! The podcast is free to everyone who subscribes to the BSA mailing list and each episode will only be available for ONE MONTH. Sign up now to get the current episodeWhaddaya waiting for!

0:00  - Intro

Quote: Chevy Chase in Fletch (1985)
The Black Heartthrobs: Back In The USSR
Download The Black Heartthrobs: The White Album - Side 1 + 2 here

2:55 - What Was The Difference Between Lennon And McCartney?

Video: Lennon or McCartney?
Book Review: John Lennon Interviews
Book Review: Paul McCartney Biographies

5:30 – Art (Avant Mc-Garde-ny)

More on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

8:30 - Politics (John Lenin or Paul MaoCartney?)

Quote: Jimmy Cliff in Lennon Or McCartney?
The Black Heartthrobs: Don't Pass Me By

13:26 - Melodies (Verti-Paul or Hori-Johntal)

Ticket 58: Write a descant

17:05 - Shouting vs Melodies

Golden Ticket: Keep The Tonics Apart Till The End (Ticket 74)
More on Yer Blues
More on I Will
More on Hey Jude
More on Dear Prudence
The Black Heartthrobs: Julia

24:30 – Autobiography vs Fiction (Me At The Third Party)
Quote: Jason Collett on Lennon Or McCartney?
More on Mean Mr Mustard
More on Come Together

27:20 - Preparation or Inspiration? (Subconscious Sabotage!)

More on Across The Universe
More on Happiness Is A Warm Gun

32:50 – Outro

Matt Blick: My Ride Single

Friday, 20 May 2016

Conan O'Brien Interviews Mark Lewisohn

Mark Lewisohn is always worth reading or listening to, and here he has a great interviewer (and Beatle fan) - Conan O'Brien

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Are Your Songs Flabby?

If so - take a look at the updated Ticket 2 and find out how to put your song on a diet!

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What Is Matt Up To?

Posts have been sparse of late, but that because I just released a rap single [no, I'm not joking and yes, I'm just as surprised as you are!]. My Ride (An Open Letter To NCT) is a love letter to my home city of Nottingham, but I still managed to get a Beatles reference in there because, well, Beatles! You can download it for whatever you want to pay (including nothing) right here.

Second. I'm finally putting the finishing touches to my new EP, Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky and as soon as that's available I'll let you know. It's a little darker and more blues/folk than my first EP Let's Build An Airport - who knows what genre that was. (You can get 25% off Let's Build An Airport here).

Lastly I'm working on two new podcast episodes! Or a two part episode? I've done a ton of research on the topic of What is the difference between Lennon and McCartney's songwriting styles? The video below was one of the things that started me down that particular rabbit hole. Stay tuned!

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Friday, 29 April 2016

George Martin: In My Life Album Documentary

Here's a documentary on the making of George Martin's final album, In My Life. Interesting points on arranging and seeing Martin get good performances out of comedic actors (something he started his career doing)

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Monday, 18 April 2016

John Lennon Love Songs/Hate Songs

Here's John Lennon's views on the hits and misses of the Beatles back catalogue, almost all quotes are from All We Are Saying (David Sheff) and Lennon Remembers (Jann Wenner) [reviews here].


Here There And Everywhere was a great one of [Paul's]. That's Paul's song completely, I believe. And one of my favourite songs of the Beatles

Something - I think that's about the best track on [Abbey Road] actually

For No One - Another of [Paul's] I really liked. One of my favourites of his. A nice piece of work.

Got To Get You Into My Life - I think that was one of [Paul's] best songs, too, because the lyrics are good

Things We Said Today - Good song

Fixing A Hole - That's Paul, again writing a good lyric

I'm Only Sleeping - One of my favourites

Fool On The Hill - Paul proving he can write lyrics if he's a good boy...shows he's capable of writing complete songs

I'm So Tired - One of my favourite tracks. I just like the sound of it, and I sing it well

Oh! Darling was a great one of Paul's ...If he'd had any sense he should have let me sing it.

Hey Jude is a damn good set of lyrics and I made no contribution to that...It's one of [Paul's] masterpieces

All My Loving is Paul, I regret to say. Ha ha ha … Because it's a damn fine piece of work. But I play a pretty mean guitar in back.

Within You Without You - One of George's best songs. One of my favourites of his, too. He's clear on that song. His mind and his music are clear. There is his innate talent. He brought that sound together.

Come Together was a funky record - it's one of my favourite Beatle tracks, or, one of my favourite Lennon tracks, let's say that. It's funky, it's bluesy, and I'm singing it pretty well. I like the sound of the record. You can dance to it. I'd buy it!

I like Across the Universe because it's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best, I don't know … it's good poetry ... the ones I like are the ones that stand as words without melody … it's a poem, you know?

Happiness Is a Warm Gun - Oh, I like that, one of my best. I had forgotten about that. Oh, I love it. I think it's a beautiful song. I like all the different things that are happening in it.


Run For Your Life I always hated. It was one of those I knocked off just to write a song, and it was phony.

And Your Bird Can Sing - Another horror. Another of my throwaways.

Birthday - A piece of garbage

Cry Baby Cry - Not me [Yes it was!]. A piece of rubbish

Honey Pie - I don't even want to think about that

Mean Mr Mustard - That's me, writing a piece of garbage

Sun King - That’s a piece of garbage I had around

Dig A Pony - Another piece of garbage

I'll Get You - That was Paul and me trying to write a song, and it didn't work out

Hold Me Tight - That was Paul's...It was a pretty poor song and I was never really interested in it

I Wanna Be Your Man - It was a throw-away. The only two versions of the song were Ringo and the Rolling Stones. It shows how much importance we put on them. We weren't going to give them anything great, right?

Eight Days A Week was never a good song. We struggled to record it and struggled to make it into a song. It was [Paul's] initial effort, but I think we both worked on it. I'm not sure. But it was lousy anyway

It's Only Love is mine. I always thought it was a lousy song. The lyrics were abysmal. I always hated that song

Good Morning Good Morning is mine. It's a throwaway, a piece of garbage, I always thought.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer - I hate it. 'Cuz all I remember is the track – [Paul] made us do it a hundred million times. He did everything to make it into a single and it never was and it never could've been, but he put guitar licks on it and he had somebody hitting iron pieces and we spent more money on that song than any of them in the whole album.

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