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The Beatles guitar tabs for Blackbird

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Title:     Blackbird
Composers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Group:     The Beatles


Note timing changes throughout.

  #1                          #2
  3/4 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramG+G       4/4 A chord diagramG+G
E{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B{|---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G{|-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A{|-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E{|---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
  3/4 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramG+G       4/4 A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE||---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
A chord diagramG+G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
A chord diagramE MajorE||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
   1. Blackbird singing ...
   2. Blackbird singing ...


  #5
      A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramA7A7      A chord diagramD7D7      A chord diagramB7B7          A chord diagramE minorEm              A chord diagramC minorCm
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Take these broken ...
      Take these sunken ...

  #7
  3/2 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramA7A7      A chord diagramAm7Am7              A chord diagramC minorCm
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
      All     your    ...
      All     your    ...


  #8
      A chord diagramG+G               A chord diagramA7A7               A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramD7D7
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------------------0-------0-------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
     You were only  ...
     You were only  ...


-----------------------------------------------------------------------...
  |  1.
  #9
  4/4 A chord diagramG+G               A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramA7A7              D7(A chord diagramAm7Am7)
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---0-----0---0-----5-------3-------|---2-----2---2-----1-----1---1-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-------0-------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-------------------3-------2-------|---0-------0-----------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |---3-------3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      rise.

  ... -----------------  -------------------
                       ||  2.               |
  #11                  ||                   |
  2/2 A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE |--------------------||-------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---0-----0---0------||---0-----0---0-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0---.||-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-------------------.||-------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |--------------------||-------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |---3-------3--------||---3-------3-------|
      +   .   +   .         +   .   +   .
                             free.

  #13
  4/4 A chord diagramFF       A chord diagramE minorEm      A chord diagramDmDm      A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramBb majorBb              A chord diagramC majorC
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----5-----5---5-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     ...


  #15
  4/4 A chord diagramFF       A chord diagramE minorEm      A chord diagramDmDm      A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramBb majorBb              A chord diagramA7A7
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird...

  #17
  2/4 D7(A chord diagramAm7Am7)
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---1-----1---1----1---|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---0-------0----------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |----------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------|
      +   .   +   .
      light ...

  #18
  3/4 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramG+G       4/4 A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      night.


  #20
      A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramA7A7      A chord diagramD7D7      A chord diagramB7B7          A chord diagramE minorEm              A chord diagramC minorCm
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .


  #22
  3/2 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramA7A7      A chord diagramAm7Am7              A chord diagramC minorCm
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .


  #23                                                  #24
      A chord diagramG+G               A chord diagramA7A7               D7(A chord diagramAm7Am7)         2/4 A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|---------------|
A chord diagramBB |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|---0-----------|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|---0-----------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------------------0-------0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|---------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|---3-----------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .           +       .


  #25
  4/4 A chord diagramFF       A chord diagramE minorEm      A chord diagramDmDm      A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramBb majorBb              A chord diagramC majorC
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----5-----5---5-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     ...

  #27
  4/4 A chord diagramFF       A chord diagramE minorEm      A chord diagramDmDm      A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramBb majorBb              A chord diagramA7A7
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     ...

  #29
  2/4 D7(A chord diagramAm7Am7)
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---1-----1---1----1---|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---0-------0----------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |----------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------|
      +   .   +   .
    light of a ...


  #30
  3/4 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramG+G       4/4 A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
A chord diagramG+G |---------------------------|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----------0-------2-------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |---3-----------------------|---10------10------10------10------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      night.


 #31
      A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---12----12--12----12----12--12----|---12----12--12----12--------------|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---10------10------10------10------|---10------10------10--------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
                                molto rit.


  #34
  3/4    A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramG+G       3/4 A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramA7A7
A chord diagramE MajorE||------------------------------|---------------------------|
A chord diagramBB||------0-------1-------3-------|---5-------3-------2-------|
A chord diagramG+G||----------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD||------------------------------|---------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||--------------0-------2-------|---3-------2-------0-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE||---10\3-----------------------|---------------------------|
          +   .   +   .   +   .      +   .   +   .   +   .
 slide down
        a tempo


  #36
  2/4 Am7/D
A chord diagramE MajorE |------------------|
A chord diagramBB |--1-----1---1-----|
A chord diagramG+G |------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |--0-------0-------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |------------------|
     +   .   +   .

  #37
  3/4 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramG+G       4/4 A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE||---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
A chord diagramG+G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
A chord diagramE MajorE||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
    Blackbird singing ...
  #39
      A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramA7A7      A chord diagramD7D7      A chord diagramB7B7          A chord diagramE minorEm              A chord diagramC minorCm
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Take these ...


  #41
  3/2 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramA7A7      A chord diagramAm7Am7              A chord diagramC minorCm
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
A chord diagramG+G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
A chord diagramE MajorE |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
      All     ...


  #42
  4/4 A chord diagramG+G               A chord diagramA7A7                  A chord diagramAm7Am7             A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE||-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
A chord diagramBB||---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----0---------------||
A chord diagramG+G||.------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0--------------.||
A chord diagramD MajorD||.----------------------------------|---0-------0----------------------.||
A chord diagramA augmentedA||---2-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||
A chord diagramE MajorE||-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
     You were only   ...

  #44
      A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramA7A7                  A chord diagramAm7Am7     A chord diagramD7D7      A chord diagramG+G
A chord diagramE MajorE
|-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||}
A chord diagramBB
|---5-------3-------2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----3---------------||}
A chord diagramG+G
|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------||}
A chord diagramD MajorD
|-----------------------------------|---0-------0-------0---------------||}
A chord diagramA augmentedA
|---3-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||}
A chord diagramE MajorE
|-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||}
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
     You were only   ...

Blackbird tab

The Beatles guitar tabs for Blackbird Blackbird was recorded June 1968 in EMI Studios and is a solo performance by Paul McCartney. The song is in the G, with bass and guitar progressing mostly in parallel. You can see this is the Beatles Blackbird tabs below. McCartney used a Martin D 28 acoustic guitar for the song.

The song is a good finger exercise as it is played with a special McCartney combination of picking and finger-strumming The bass notes are always played by the thumb on the downbeat. Keep this in mind when playing these Beatles Blackbird guitar tabs. Paul wrote the song in 1968 while he was in Scotland. It is not about birds but about racial tensions escalating in USA at the time. Paul later told that the guitar accompaniment was inspired by J.S. Bach's Bourrée in E minor, a piece he and George Harrison learned as kids. The song was first released on their White album

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