Fred Armisen Covers "Blackbird" by The Beatles (2009)

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Paul McCartney explained on Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road, aired in 2005, that the guitar accompaniment for "Blackbird" was inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach's Bourrée in E minor, often played on the classical guitar. As teenagers, he and George Harrison tried to learn Bourrée as a "show off" piece. The Bourrée is distinguished by melody and bass notes played simultaneously on the upper and lower strings. McCartney adapted a segment of the Bourrée (reharmonised into the original's relative major key of G) as the opening of "Blackbird", and carried the musical idea throughout the song. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbird_(Beatles_song)#Origins

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Mega Sauce : It takes a lot of talent to deliberately do a bad cover and make it funny without people thinking it's serious

Nacho Man Randy Sandwich : it seems like he knows how to play it, but just isn't....

Lynn Turman : This is the jazz version.

Adrian Mann : Its the little details he puts in, "Take these broken eyes"! LOL!

pavanatanaya : Plays guitar like a drummer

bluzshadez : Fred Armisen is one of the best drummers in the world.

Amit Ben-Hur : I don't know whether you have to be incredibly talented to do it or incredibly untalented.

Rolling Ormond : Yoko wrote this version so John called it genius.

Slick Ratchet : at least he's trying

blueconversechucks : I was falling asleep when I was watching this and I had a mini dream that Fred Armisen stole my guitar

Tyler Cross : This is pure avant-garde.

N 9-1 : Sounds like the intro to Fight Fire With Fire by Metallica

Bear Shit : Why is it that Fred is good at everything he does?

Mark C : ...all he needed was the click track ....

Ezra Poynter : The look of concern on Fallon's face (0:44) ... priceless!

JACK ATTACK : HE PLAYED IT WRONG BUT SO CLEANLY

A.J Davidz : Anyone have tabs?

ktpinnacle : I tried not to learn something new today, and there you go blowing it for me . . . .

Ban Fasso : If guitars have souls from the energy we leave within them, that one's was just raped down to sub-default

NonStopRocker : I have no doubt in my mind Fred can nail it note for note, when hes not going for laughs

nerdcity : he's a comedic genius

Jonny Roxx : “This is actually kind of a serious thing...” As a trained musician, I laughed my butt off at this. One of the funniest intentionally bad performances I’ve seen. Even though I knew better, just for a moment I thought he was actually trying to play correctly. The timing and delivery are hilarious. Even funnier are all the comments about how difficult/easy this is to play. Peace. JR

Donkey Kong : It's funny because he was actually playing Stairway to Heaven

GiacomoJimmi : Beatles by way of Beefheart.

a te : Still better than Bieber

ClueSign : This is exactly what I sounded like learning this and thinking I was so cool. Fred is a genius.

Anya : Lol he missed the the Broken Wings part that was supposed to come before the eyes😂

MrTayloreh : Thats the guitar from Pet Sounds.

Martin Brady : Fan-boy Jimmy Fallon et al are the ruination of good music.

Yishai Lerner : A true jazz master.

bravetherainbow : Paul McCartney Shreds - His Worst Performance Ever

FungusMossGnosis : Better Than The Beatles: Fred is The Shaggs of comedian musicians.

Rich Mitts : Take these broken eyes and learn to see 😂🤣😂🤣

Jeffrey Hensiek : His glasses have been growing exponentially every year.

Mrius86 : You have to be really good to play this.

econ : Take these broken eyes and learn to see

sparksoffyou : Aka every college party around 2:13 am. “Great. Todd brought his guitar. Great. He’s singing Blackbird. Money on what’s next? Oasis? Weezer?”

Tae Young Ahn : He is actually an accomplished classical guitarist

Thirteen : One of the most overplayed songs in any guitar shot

Carter Elliott : Looks like Paul Simon, plays like a third-grader. How hilarious!

Kylan Hillman : What a genius reharmonization

adam sanchez : Jimmy Fallon has been ruining our lives since 2009? I had no idea he’s been on that long

Doug H. in VA : it's not funny as a send-up. it's weak and worn-thin sarcasm. the joke is over before he starts.

Peter Kane : Fred Armisen is freaking hilarious. Like everything he does is just so funny. Like when he stood up when everyone was clapping that shit was a riot. The dude has talent!

Rickertsred : So unfunny. I cringed through it, and felt sorry for him.

Michael Booth : He's playing all the right notes just not necessarily in the right order.

E.A. Hawley : Nailed it! Wow...

Doctor KILLEE : These chords would be from a Radiohead song

yung poe : I love Rivers Cuomo