Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play “Taxman” by The Beatles

In this Keep It Groovy lesson, we discuss one of the coolest (and easiest) Paul McCartney bass lines: “Taxman” by The Beatles.

Featured on Revolver, this groove integrates a bit of theory and a touch of technique. I’ll cover the usage of the blues box shape, learn how to play a hammer-on, and move our bass pattern through the chord progression of the song.

It’s a great technical workout and the perfect song to add to your repertoire. Enjoy, and keep it groovy!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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  1. Bob Sled

    Was hoping Ryan would break down the bass part in the bridge.