New CD-ROM takes place of guitar teacher
It may help fulfill a Beatles fantasy
April 17, 1997
Web posted at: 11:24 p.m. EDT (0324 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Attention, baby boomers who bought
guitars back in the 1960s hoping to be a Beatle -- but who
instead just wound up with something else to gather dust in
the back of the closet.
Fire up the computer and open up those cases.
The "Classic Rock Guitar, Volume 2" CD-ROM shows,
interactively and step by step, how to play those tunes that
John Lennon and Paul McCartney made so famous.
More patient than a guitar teacher -- and much cheaper -- the
"Classic Rock" program will take you through the fingering
and picking techniques on a variety of tunes.
It will even explain why you can't get your guitar to sound
exactly like McCartney's did on "Norwegian Wood" -- without
getting into the fact that he's a phenomenally gifted
musician and you are, in all probability, not quite as
(The reason? In McCartney's original version, the Beatle
tuned down his guitar a step lower to sing in a lower key.)
Even those who are more than poseurs will find a use for this
CD-ROM. One of its extras is a tuning guide for acoustic
guitars and a workable, simple digital oscilloscope for
Of course, the one thing it won't do is explain the
inexplicable last verse of "Norwegian Wood." But then, most
true Beatles fans probably have their own interpretation of
Correspondent Dennis Michael contributed to this report.
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