Learn To Play Let It Be by The Beatles

Let It Be
Written by: Paul McCartney (100%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded: January 31, (Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London, England); April 30, 1969, January 4, 1970 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: January 4 and 8, March 26, 1970
Length: 3:50 (single version), 4:01 (album version)
Takes: 30
Musicians: John Lennon: backing vocals, bass guitar (1964 Fender Bass VI)
Paul McCartney: lead vocals, piano (Bluthner Flugel Grand), electric piano (1968 Fender Rhodes)
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitars (1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster, 1966 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG)
Ringo Starr: drums (1968 Ludwig Hollywood Maple)
Billy Preston: organ (Hammond RT-3)
Linda McCartney: background vocals
Unknown overdubs: two trumpets, two trombones, one tenor sax, two cellos, choir


* Written by Paul during the sessions for The Beatles (a/k/a the "White Album"), "Let It Be" was inspired by a dream the singer had of his deceased mother, Mary, assuring him, amongst the turmoil of the Beatles' slow breakup, that everything would be all right. McCartney eventually transformed the song into a gospel-style number for the Get Back sessions that would eventually be released as the album Let It Be.
* The earliest known performance of "Let It Be" occurred on January 3, 1969, during rehearsals for the LIB project. It was rehearsed over 38 times on January 8, 9, 25-27, 29, and 31, 1969; Take 27 from the 31st was used as the basis for the official release. That take featured the song's third verse, written on the spot by Paul after it was decided one was needed.
* On April 30, 1969, producer George Martin recorded a new solo from Harrison, although the single release of "Let It Be" would use the original solo from January 31, 1969.
* On January 4, 1970, George recorded yet another guitar solo, which was meant to sync up with the earlier solo and play simultaneously (this idea was later scrapped). Martin added backing vocals from Linda McCartney, at the insistence of Paul, and the resultant mix, with the original solo only, became the "single version" of "Let It Be." For more of this entire article, visit:


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* Let It Be Chord Chart

LET IT BE (Beatles)

C G Am F
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
C G F C/e Dm C
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness, She is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom, Let it be

Am G F C
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
G C F C/e Dm C
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be


* Let It Be Chord Chart

G D Em C
When I find myself in times of trouble mother Mary comes to me
G D C (Tab*1)
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be,
G D Em C
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
G D C (Tab*1)
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be,

Em D C G
Let it be, Let it be, Let it be, Let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

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