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#1 blueschica

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:39 PM

I'd never realized that the famous opening chord to A Hard Day's Night was kind of a mystery. Randy Bachman and a Canadian professor think they have it all figured out. I didn't quite understand the math part but thought this was interesting!

http://www.abc.net.a...-secret/9093348

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:39 PM

And yet they still don't spell it out exactly in the article, do they?

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:30 PM

View PostMaverick, on 13 November 2017 - 04:39 PM, said:

And yet they still don't spell it out exactly in the article, do they?

:ebert:   You're right, I guess it's their secret now?  :o       I only play piano, where things are fairly obvious, so I didn't realize how challenging guitar chords could be until I read Keith Richards' autobiography.  He talks about trying to figure out old blues chords and trying to look up the guys who did them so he can see the fingering and get the right sound.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:08 PM

I thought it always sounded like a bunch of overdubs.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:41 PM

Anyone saying they have it figured out should approach it like this:


It’s the combo of all the instruments that makes the sound.  Can’t be duplicated on just one.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:54 PM

I've tried to do the same thing with the intro to Between the Wheels. They're not straight chords either.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:05 PM

View Postblueschica, on 13 November 2017 - 05:30 PM, said:

View PostMaverick, on 13 November 2017 - 04:39 PM, said:

And yet they still don't spell it out exactly in the article, do they?

:ebert:   You're right, I guess it's their secret now?  :o    I only play piano, where things are fairly obvious, so I didn't realize how challenging guitar chords could be until I read Keith Richards' autobiography.  He talks about trying to figure out old blues chords and trying to look up the guys who did them so he can see the fingering and get the right sound.
And how did he ever do that without the internet?  :lol:

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:31 PM

From what I read, it sounds like a Dsus4 on one guitar, and F with an A (or a G) in the bass on another guitar (with a G it would be something like a G11add9, forgive my lack of chord theory knowledge,) some kind of F on the piano, and a D on the bass.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 08:23 PM

sounds like these guys have it figured out....or pretty close

https://www.youtube....h?v=NkWUPu4mG2s

basic pop song stuff, so a f chord with the G on top is close enough.

don't get what the big deal is about this 'discovery'. it's not like it's geraldo with al capone's fault.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:06 PM

View PostHemiBeers, on 13 November 2017 - 08:23 PM, said:

sounds like these guys have it figured out....or pretty close

https://www.youtube....h?v=NkWUPu4mG2s

basic pop song stuff, so a f chord with the G on top is close enough.

don't get what the big deal is about this 'discovery'. it's not like it's geraldo with al capone's fault.

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:22 PM

View PostHemiBeers, on 13 November 2017 - 08:23 PM, said:

sounds like these guys have it figured out....or pretty close

https://www.youtube....h?v=NkWUPu4mG2s

basic pop song stuff, so a f chord with the G on top is close enough.

don't get what the big deal is about this 'discovery'. it's not like it's geraldo with al capone's fault.

That was a big Nothing Burger.  The Hard Day's Night chord is much bigger!

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:24 PM

Looking at the notes, it's kind of like an F chord with added D and G notes at the bottom and on top.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:14 PM

View PostAncient Ways, on 13 November 2017 - 06:41 PM, said:

Anyone saying they have it figured out should approach it like this:


It’s the combo of all the instruments that makes the sound.  Can’t be duplicated on just one.

That definitely sounds the closest.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:14 AM

This tab has it as a Gsus2

https://tabs.ultimat...ight_tabs_60698

I played it...sure, it sounds like it could work.

But geez folks it's just one chord. non-musicians wouldn't recognize it or have the ear to notice it anyway.

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 10:33 AM

I always thought the Kinks kind of figured it out with "Do It Again."





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