How to play Money (That’s What I Want) by The Beatles / Barret Strong

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An early Beatles cover, their original has so much energy for what is essential a fast 12 bar blues song.

It uses the chords: E7, A7, B7.

Why bother? Well some versions from The Beatles.

Starting back at the beginning, we have the high energy Hamburg version, probably the best:

Then their Decca audition from ’62,

 

 

The album version:

 

And a version from a TV show, which though blurred, shows how little they looked at their fingers/chord placements and how “little” they seem to be playing but to such effect.

 

But finally, I think its telling that when John Lennon played Toronto in 1969 with Eric Clapton and Klaus Voorman, weeks before The Beatles ended, of the limited set of songs they played, it included a slow version on Money.

 

 

For the intro and verse.

Alternatively the intro can be strummed, but to E7 or not to E7?

Intro

E / A / E / A / E / A / E / A / B7 / A7 / E / A / B7

E7 / A7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / A7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / E7 / A7 / B7

Verse

E / A / E / A7 / E / B7 / A7 / E / B7

but I think that over complicates things with a mix of A and A7, and E major so I prefer the E7, A7, B7 approach

E7 / A7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / A7 / E7 / B7

 

And a final video that uses barre chords, and a different solo / intro tab, but does tie together the intro, verse/chorus and outro very well.

Outro is:

E7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / A7 shorter intro.

E7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / A7 / E7 /  E7

 

In rough summary:

 

Intro

Verse:

E7 / A7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / A7 / E7 / B7

Outro / last 2 verses:

E7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / A7 / E7 /  B7

E7 / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 / A7 / E7 /  E7

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