22 November 2011
Picked up guitar after 20 years. Played along with Beatles using online chords. Break myself in.
First thing I noticed was odd chords. Not weird chords, but chords I didn't expect given the melody. Of course, my surprise should have been, and is, how they stuck that melody on those chords. Many of the chords, just played out, don't suggest the melodies they came up with, at least, not to me; but more to the point, I could not have imagined those melodies even fitting, but they do and very nicely.
Somewhere, in every song, and I attribute it to Paul, is a surprising but very pleasing bit of tension against the chord. The note's in key, of course, but it's nowhere you'd look for it. But when he gives it to you, you say, "Ah, sure!"
9 August 2011
What would be some examples?
13 November 2010
You're right, sometimes the chords are surprising, like in Michele, for example. That's what I love about their music; it wasn't always the generic four-chord tune. They had a pretty solid spectrum of chords. But yeah, tell us what songs you were playing, or what you were surprised at.
1 May 2010
Er, not sure what you mean really, the melody will dictate what chords will be used, or vice versa. There are numerous examples where they go outside of the key and take the melody in a completely different direction…the drop from D to D minor to get to the bridge of Norwegian Wood always kind of shocks me because it just sounds so easy but it's that change that completely makes that song. Paulsbass mentioned a great one in Here, There And Everywhere.
It's a good idea to get a chord book of the Beatles, I'd recommend this one because you'll learn an awful lot of new chords, particularly some cool jazz chords, and you'll also get to see all of their tricks and stuff like that. Paul McCartney enjoys a nice descending chromatic line.
19 April 2010
The minor 5 chord that begins the middle eight in I Want To Hold Your Hand - "and when I touch you I feel happy . . ."
in it's day - nothing short of amazing. Nowadays it's so common no one notices.
Eyy, greetings from Spain!!
This is my first post on this forum, and my english is terrible, sorry. But i need communicate my feelings with others Beatles fans,
and there is not spanish forum of The Beatles
Now,Writting by this post, what about "If I Fell" song ? I don,t know much music teoric, but i think this song have a rare progression,
specially at the beginning.
Pd. One more time, sorry for my terrible english!!
20 January 2012
Hi , welcome ,
I'm from Iran , I think your English is very better of mine.
I don't know where to write this post, so i'll write here.
9 August 2011
That looks like it comes from "The Complete Scores" of the Beatles (Hal-Leonard), no?
14 January 2013
14 December 2012
I've noticed that, too. Some songs I write are odd like that, too. I'll upload them when I get a mic that didn't come with my mac.
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