Thursday, February 23, 2006

George Harrison Not Always A Great Guitarist

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Saturday (Feb. 25) marks the 63rd anniversary of George Harrison’s birth.

Although he’s remembered as a great guitarist, his former engineer admits he spent many hours drumming his fingers while Harrison recorded his guitar solos.

Geoff Emerick – who engineered classic Beatles albums like Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road – says Harrison needed countless takes for solos, even on the most rudimentary melodies.

In fact, Emerick says the bum notes were so common that during a live broadcast for “All You Need Is Love,” Harrison asked the director to keep the camera off him during his solo just in case he flubbed it.

But while Harrison didn’t always hit the right notes at first, Emerick says he did improve during the Beatles’ reign to the point where he was able to record his solo for “Something” in one take.

Emerick discusses the Beatles’ recording sessions in a new book, Here, There And Everywhere (Gotham Books).

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