Yesterday – The Beatles – Piano Notes and Chords



Piano Notes and Chords for Yesterday – The Beatles


Another classic from The Beatles with a simple melody and chord progression.

This post will provide the melody notes (right hand letter notes) and chords (left hand notes) for the song Yesterday by The Beatles.

Key Information for the Song Yesterday by The Beatles

Key Signature: One flat (Bb)
Scale: F Major Scale (one black key)
F Major Scale Notes: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E

The relative minor of F major is D minor (i.e., the same notes but arranged in a different order).
D minor Scale Notes: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C

Tempo: 97 bpm
Time Signature: 4/4
Difficulty Level: Beginner

The song is in F major with a tempo of 97 BPM and a 4/4 time signature. These notes are intended for piano and suitable for piano beginners.


Tips to Play the Piano Notes for Yesterday

Octave - Asterisk (Star symbol)

  • Middle Octave: C D E F G A B
  • Higher Octave: Star symbol after the note - C* D* E* F* G* A* B*
  • Lower Octave: Star symbol before the note - *C *D *E *F *G *A *B

Fast Notes – Brackets

Some letter notes for the song Yesterday are given in brackets like (notes); they are meant to be played quickly or fast, similar to 16th, 32nd, or sometimes 8th notes in sheet music.

Play these notes continuously and connectedly, following the Yesterday song’s rhythm and lyrics.

The next regular note is written immediately after the closing bracket.

Sustained Notes – Wavy Lines

The wavy line symbol ~ (tilde) following a note indicates sustained notes.

  • One tilde signifies a quarter-note duration on the piano sheet.
  • Two tildes denote a half-note duration.
  • Three tildes signify a whole note duration.

Therefore, press and hold the note for the appropriate duration based on the number of tildes while playing the piano notes for the Yesterday song.


Tips to Play the Chords for Yesterday

  • Letter notes are written above the words, showing you which note to sing for each syllable.
  • Chords are written below the lyrics to tell you which chords to play on your instrument along with the song.
  • vertical bar (like this: |) is placed within the lyrics to show you exactly where to change chords.

Yesterday Piano Chords

Notes of the F Major Scale: F, G, A, Bb (A#), C, D, E, F

Chords of the F Major Scale:
F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm and Edm
(i.e., F major, G minor, A minor, Bb major, C major, D minor and E diminished)

Chords used for the song _ are:
F, C, C7, Dm, Dm7, Em, G, G7, Am, A7, Bb, Bbmaj7

Notes for the Yesterday Song Chords are:
F (F major): F, A, C
C (C major): C, E, G
C7 (C dominant seventh): C, E, G, Bb
Dm (D minor): D, F, A
Dm7 (D minor seventh): D, F, A, C
Em (E minor): E, G, B
G (G major): G, B, D
G7 (G dominant seventh): G, B, D, F
Am (A minor): A, C, E
A7 (A dominant seventh): A, C#, E, G
Bb (Bb major): Bb, D, F
Bbmaj7 (Bb major seventh): Bb, D, F, A


Yesterday Piano Notes and Chords

Intro Music

For intro music, play notes in brackets simultaneously.

|    (*A C) (*A C) (*A C)  |    (*A C) (*A C) (*A C) 
| F                                | F          

|    (*A C) (*A C) (*A C)  |    (*A C) (*A C) (*A C) 
| F                                | F          


Verse 1

Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday


G  F  F~~~        A  B    (C#*)  D*~  
| Yesterday |    All my | troubles 
| F              | Em         | A7

E*  F*          E*~~       D*  D*~~~  
semeed so | far away| 
                  | Dm       | Dm7 (Dm/C)


     D*  (D*)    C*    (Bb)  A~    
|    Now it   | looks as though 
| Bb           | C7

G          Bb~~ A  A~~  
they’re | here  to stay
           | F

G     F~ A  G~~     D  F~    A  A~~~  
Oh, | I  believe|     in  | yes | terday.
       | Dm7      | G      | Bb  | F


Verse 2

Suddenly
I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly


G  F  F~~~  
| Suddenly
| F             | F

     A   B   (C#*) D*~ E* F*   E*~~  D*  D*~~~  
|    I’m not | half the man I | used to be. | 
| Em         | A7                  | Dm             | Dm7

     D*  (D*)    C* (Bb)  A~  G      Bb~~  A  A~~  
|   There’s a | shadow hanging | over me
| Bb             | C7                      | F

G  F~~  A  G~~  D  F~  A  A~~  
Oh, | yesterday,|  came | sud| denly.
       | Dm7         | G       | Bb | F


Chorus

Why she had to go
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday


A~~     A~~   D*~    E*~  F*~  
| Why | she  | had  | to   | go , 
| A7    | A7    | Dm  | C   | Bb  

E*  D*    E*~~     D*    C*~  D*    A~~~  
| I don’t  | know, she  | wouldn’t say
| Am      | Gm            | C7            | F C


A~~   A~~   D*~  E*~          F*~     
I       | said  | some | thing | wrong,
| A7  | A7    | Dm     | C      | Bb  

E*  D*  E*~~  D*  C*~  E*~  F*~~~  
now I  | long  for   | yester | day
| Am   | C7            | C7      | F


Verse 3

Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday


G  F  F~~  A  B  C#*  (D*)  E*~  F*  E*~  D*  D*~~  
| Yesterday|   love was | such an easy | game to play,| 
| F              | Em          | A7                  | Dm               | Dm7

D*  (D*)  C*  (Bb)  A~  G  Bb~  A  A~~  
|   Now I need|   a place to | hide away,
| Bb                | C7             | F

G  F~  A  G~~  D     F~  A  A~~~  
Oh, | I  believe|  in   | yes| terday.
       | Dm7       | G   | Bb | F


Chorus

Why she had to go
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday


A~~     A~~   D*~    E*~  F*~  
| Why | she  | had  | to   | go , 
| A7    | A7    | Dm  | C   | Bb  

E*  D*    E*~~     D*    C*~  D*    A~~~  
| I don’t  | know, she  | wouldn’t say
| Am      | Gm            | C7            | F C


A~~   A~~   D*~  E*~          F*~     
I       | said  | some | thing | wrong,
| A7  | A7    | Dm     | C      | Bb  

E*  D*  E*~~  D*  C*~  E*~  F*~~~  
now I  | long  for   | yester | day
| Am   | C7            | C7      | F


Verse 4

Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday


G  F  F~~  A  B  C#*  (D*)  E*~  F*  E*~  D*  D*~~  
| Yesterday|   love was | such an easy | game to play,| 
| F              | Em          | A7                  | Dm               | Dm7

D*  (D*)  C*  (Bb)  A~  G  Bb~  A  A~~  
|   Now I need|   a place to | hide away,
| Bb                | C7             | F

G  F~  A  G~~  D     F~  A  A~~~  
Oh, | I  believe|  in   | yes| terday.
       | Dm7       | G   | Bb | F



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