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In this tutorial I'm going to teach you how to play the timeless classic "Let It Be" as made famous by The Beatles. This is a legendary song that most people know, and apart from all the incredible songwriting and production skills, the studio version of this song also features some great electric lead guitar playing. Since the piano is carrying the meat 'n' potatoes of the song, there's no actual rhythm guitar, but today I'm going to show you how you can play the piano parts on acoustic guitar.

The whole song is built around two simple chord progressions - one for the verse and one for the chorus. The variation in dynamic intensity is created by varying the instrumentation throughout the song and it spans across a huge dynamic range, from the quiet and solemn intro to the climactic peak during the guitar solo.

Then there's the breakdown riff, that's used as a build up to the solo and as the outro, and I'll also show you how to play this section on acoustic guitar. There's also some great riffing from the electric lead guitar in the final chorus.

We'll break down every note of all this, go through what gear and tone to use, analyze the different chord progressions so you know why they sound the way they do, and much more.

The song is in the key of C and in 4/4 with a 16th note based groove. The quarter note equals 72 bpm. So let's get started!