Blackbird chords by The Beatles


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Blackbird | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G |

Verse 1

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G |
Blackbird singing in the dead of night.
| C C#dim Dadd4 D#b5 | Em Eb |
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
| Dadd4 C#dim C | Cm G/B | A7 D7sus4 | 2/4 G | C G/B A7 | D7sus4 G |
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Verse 2

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G |
Blackbird singing in the dead of night.
| C C#dim Dadd4 D#b5 | Em Eb |
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see.
| Dadd4 C#dim C | Cm G/B | A7 D7sus4 | 2/4 G |
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Chorus 1

| Fadd9 Em Dmadd4 C | Bb6 C |
Blackbird fly,
| Fadd9 Em Dmadd4 C | Bb6 A7 | 2/4 D7sus4 |
blackbird fly, into the light of the dark black night.

Instrumental 1

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G |
| C C#dim Dadd4 D#b5 | Em Eb |
| Dadd4 C#dim C | Cm G/B | A7 D7sus4 | 2/4 G |

Chorus 2

| Fadd9 Em Dmadd4 C | Bb6 C |
Blackbird fly,
| Fadd9 Em Dmadd4 C | Bb6 A7 | 2/4 D7sus4 |
blackbird fly, into the light of the dark black night.

Instrumental 2

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G | G | G | 5/4 G |
| G Am7 G/B C | G/B A7 D7sus4 |

Verse 3

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G |
Blackbird singing in the dead of night.
| C C#dim Dadd4 D#b5 | Em Eb |
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
| Dadd4 C#dim C | Cm G/B | A7 D7sus4 |
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.
| G C G/B | A7 D7sus4 |
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
| G C G/B | A7 D7sus4 | G |
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.


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Blackbird Chords: Learn the progressions


Blackbird 8 step by step guitar lessons

Blackbird’s chords are best learned by dividing them up into seven little loops, practising slowly at first.

Above you see the first of these loops, complete with TAB to practice along with at a slow tempo.

Example 1 is the same as the intro and the beginning of the verse. There’s a 3/4 bar followed by a 4/4, the chords are:

| 3/4 G (I) Am7 (II) G/B (I/3) | 4/4 G (I) |

Using TAB, we play like this on a loop until it’s ingrained in your muscle memory:

Blackbird chords and TAB, intro

In the full lesson in the course, you only need six more loops like this to practice and you will have covered all chords of Blackbird.

The full chord progression for a verse is this:

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 G |
| C C#dim Dadd4 D#b5 | Em Eb |
| Dadd4 C#dim C | Cm G/B | A7 D7sus4 | 2/4 G |

The chorus chords move away from the key of G, the chords are:

| Fadd9 Em Dmadd4 C | Bb6 C |fly,
| Fadd9 Em Dmadd4 C | Bb6 A7 | 2/4 D7sus4 |

In the course, you get a full harmonic analysis and loops to practice along with at different tempos.

Overall, this is what you need to focus on if you want to learn how to play Blackbird on the guitar.

  • A constant open G string binds the chords together
  • A unique index finger strumming technique
  • Variations in the chord progression like IV – IVm
  • A key change for the chorus
  • Odd time signatures for a bar only
  • Passing chords that seem to be dim7


Blackbird’s index finger strumming

Unique to Blackbird is the strange index finger strumming technique. This is a homemade technique I’ve never seen before or since, which is strange as it’s so brilliant!

Combining the thumb plucking and strumming strings using a downward motion, the index finger strums the upper part of the chord.

Paul learned how to play like this from Donovan, a Scottish folk artist who hung around The Beatles and Bob Dylan in the ’60s.

Speaking of Bob, the rhythm of Blackbird’s strumming is the same as that of Blowin’ In The Wind.

Practising the aforementioned seven loops will get you to a place where you can play Blackbird in a comfortable way, even though this unique index finger strumming technique will be new to you.

We also sandwich some scale practice with these Blackbird loops, before we play the complete song and then finally build a 2nd guitar part.

Learn the 2nd guitar part so you, I, and the singer can play Blackbird together, like a folk trio! You’ll find a full performance on one acoustic guitar as well as that 2nd guitar in the playlist at the top of this page.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Blackbird – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



McCartney wrote Blackbird when The Beatles were at their peak!

Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney after he was woken up by a bird at six o’clock, in India.

Released on The White Album (used as slang, it was simply called The Beatles, printed on a white cover), in 1968, it instantly became yet another classic to add to their immense legacy.

As a follow-up to the legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a year earlier, and John Lennon claiming The Beatles to be “bigger than Jesus”, they had by now become the most discussed band in the world.

The White Album sold a staggering nineteen times platinum in the U.S. alone and charted at #1 in six countries.

The Beatles responded by making fun of everything. For example, they would give journalists new answers to the same questions, constantly pushing the boundaries of what they would print.

To this day, some of these stories have managed to stick.

In Wikipedia, Blackbird is said to be a song that Paul wrote after seeing racial tension escalate in America, he sang “Blackbird fly”, referring to the idea that black women should get out of there.

Lennon would have been in stitches if he knew!

In 2024, Beyonce covered Blackbird, again, McCartney claimed that he’s proud of how she’s recognising the original reason Blackbird was written, as a call to end racism for women.

This is great proof that if you keep hammering home a message, it eventually becomes true, even when it started as a joke!



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