I came across this video while browsing threw some Beatles songs, and I thought I just had to share this version of a Beatles classic. This guys style of guitar playing is so clean, and pure that he turns this song into a beautiful guitar piece that he plays like no one else I’ve seen. Enjoy!
Because I am a Beatles freak, and because I played the bass guitar in bands for years, it has been a dream of mine for a long time to own one of these guitars. There’s not a bass player alive that can’t tell you what it is right off the top of his head. Most people feel that the “violin”style is so closely associated with Paul McCartney they won’t even play one in public because they just don’t feel worthy of the instrument, but they will hang it on their wall or put it in a glass case.
Master violin maker Karl Hofner founded Hofner in Schonbach, Germany in 1887. Hofner quickly gained a reputation for quality, craftsmanship and innovation. Hofner’s Son Joseph joined his father in 1919 and brother Walter joined the family business in 1921.
In 1955 Walter Hofner invented an amplified short scale semi-acoustic bass. This bass evolved into the famous 500/1 Hofner bass which was launched at the 1956 Frankfurt Music Fair. Hofner was relatively unknown outside Germany until the late 1950’s when a UK Distributor, Selmer began promoting Hofner. Hofner’s awareness grew exponentially after Paul McCartney and the Beatles became 60’s music icons. McCartney bought his first Hofner bass in a music shop in Hamburg Germany. The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 and millions saw Paul McCartney’s Hofner 500/1 bass. Fans nicknamed the 500/1 violin bass the “Beatle Bass”. McCartney’s 500/1 Violin bass was used on many Beatles songs and became a 60’s pop culture icon.
Today, Hofner continues to build high quality basses and guitars using old school quality craftsmanship. New generations of players now appreciate Hofner hollow body guitars and basses.
PaulMcCartney.com is very pleased to announce that Paul will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday 9th February at 2pm. Paul’s star will be lined up on the famed walk alongside his fellow Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in front of the famed historic Capitol Records building located at 1750 N. Vine Street. Presenting the star will be President and CEO Leron Gubler.
Paul was born in Liverpool on June 18, 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute.
Having changed the world of music forever with The Beatles, Paul has continued to push boundaries for more than 40 years as a solo artist, member of Wings, Brit award-winning classical composer, half of the experimental project The Fireman, and composer for the New York City Ballet with last year’s classical work Ocean’s Kingdom. His newest adventure is Kisses On The Bottom (out February 7 on Hear Music/Concord), a collection of standards beloved to Paul since childhood as well as two new McCartney compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts.’ Created with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ (pre-order>>>) is the first record in McCartney’s historic oeuvre to feature him almost exclusively on vocals.
Since writing his first song at the age of 14, Paul has always followed his own unique muse while changing the course of musical history. It’s borderline ludicrous to attempt to describe the past, present and future impact of The Beatles and their legendary albums Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (a/k/a The White Album), Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be, so suffice to say that The Beatles’ 1 compilation was the biggest selling album of the first new millennial decade of 2000-2010.
Paul’s output through the ’70s to the present has been one of unflagging energy and influence, debuting as a solo artist with 1970’s timeless McCartney followed by 1971’s rustic classic RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney, then with Wings efforts including the currently Grammy-nominated Band On The Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at The Speed Of Sound and London Town, and following that as a solo artist again, with highlights including the ahead-of-its-time 1980 reinvention McCartney II, 1982’s Tug Of War, 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt, 1997’s Flaming Pie, 2005’s Chaos And Creation In The Backyard and 2007’s Memory Almost Full. In 2008, The Fireman, his collaborative project with revered producer Youth, released Electric Arguments, which generated rave reviews, yielded a live favorite of the current McCartney set list in ‘Sing The Changes,’ and topped the Billboard Independent Album Charts.
It has been confirmed that Paul will perform at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. It will be the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony, taking place in Los Angeles on 12th February.
Fourteen-time GRAMMY winner and 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year, Paul is nominated for Best Historical Album forBand On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection — Deluxe Edition).
The ceremony will be hosted by LL Cool J and will also feature performances from the likes of Foo Fighters, Rihanna and Coldplay.