When Paul McCartney ended his solo guitar career

When Paul McCartney ended his solo guitar career

Paul McCartney he handled the guitar solos for many of the hit classics Beatles. Despite this, Macca was not always so confident in his way of playing the instrument, particularly during the early days.

The now 81 year old English musician speaking on the podcast Paul McCartney: A Life in Lyrics he recalled this episode in his career when he performed lead guitar in the band: “We did this gig, and it was like the first thing I'd ever played, I was the lead guitarist, John was the rhythm guitarist, I did a solo and I completely froze .

I couldn't move my fingers. (.) It was really embarrassing. My lead guitar career liquified at that moment, I said, 'Well, I'm never going to do this again. I'm not cut out for this. I'm not up to it.”

Ironically, Paul McCartney was invited to join the band of John Lennon precisely because he had impressed Lennon with his guitar skills. Do you think that McCartney had even shown Lennon how to tune his instrument. Paul explains: “Mind you, when I first met John, he didn't play the guitar. I had to show him the chords because his mother taught him the chords, and the only ones she knew were banjo chords.”

Now, after all these years, Paul McCartney he has such a close relationship with his guitars that he even talks to them. The former Beatle admitted that he began to fear that they would miss him when he was away. His relationship with the piano, however, is of a different kind. “It's always been said that when you sit down with the guitar to write a song, you're telling it your secrets, which then become a song for the world. But in that moment, when you're alone, the guitar is your confidant. you cradle. But when you approach a piano, it's almost as if you're pushing it away. They're completely different actions.”