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"It's so fine, it's sunshine..." (The Word question)
11 November 2012
Ed Sullivan Show
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18 November 2011

So far, I've determined that during this part…


- The guitar is doing 4 descending notes (D-Db-C-B) ahdn_george_07

- The bass is playing that funky A-D-B-A, G-C-D-G bit a-hard-days-night-paul-8


What exactly is the piano playing? When playing along, I play G-A-F-G on the "So" (G) "Fine" (A) "Sun" (F) "Shine" (G) though I'm not sure if that's what is actually on the record.


On a quasi-silly note, is John trying to say that "the word" (love) is "so fine and sunshine" or it is "so fine that it is sunshine"?

3 December 2012
God Only Knows
Carnegie Hall
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3 September 2012

If you took apart the Rock Band file it should give you the results you need. You've probably figured it out by now, though.

Please don't wake me, no don't shake me, leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping~.
3 December 2012
Ed Sullivan Show
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18 November 2011

I've tried that, but the piano is still "buried" under bleed-through from the cymbal crashes and guitar.

7 December 2012
Baden, PA
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22 April 2011

Well, I just took a listen to the rock band multitrack, and it turns out that during that specific part the piano stops playing.

So when they're singing: "It's so fine, it's sunshine, it's the" there is no piano. The piano comes back right as they sing "word".

15 February 2013
A Beginning
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12 October 2012

Yup! Run for your life is right.

The chords are | G A | F G | to that bit. Whatever instrument the Beatles or anyone else plays it on.

Also hilarious is that one can learn from both the good and the bad books that Lennon has read! Deep!

Best bit of the tune is the GHM Harmonium contribution. Fierce!

15 February 2013
Ed Sullivan Show
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18 November 2011

I agree, the overdriven harmonium really makes it stand out, but I'd have to say my favorite part are the odd harmonies, especially during the "It's so fine, it's sunshine" bits. I've discovered that if you play that G-A-F-G bit on the guitar just using an F-shape (i.e. make the F chord on the 3rd fret instead of the first so it's a G) and slide accordingly, you can actually figure out the 3 part harmony by playing single strings…


(Make these chord shapes, but only play the red note)


John's harmony:






Paul's harmony:






High harmony (John again?):





(Note, this one is actually sung an octave higher than this)


If that rambling makes any sense to other guitarists on here.

15 February 2013
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Apple rooftop
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10 August 2011

Thanks for breaking that down.

I'm currently working on playing Paul Simon's version of Anji, but will check into the Word. Always liked that song, and for better or for worse, was Lennon's first preachy song (and the precursor to All You Need Is Love).

It's remarkable how much time they devoted to those harmonies. Kinda lost from the White Album on  (except "Because")…


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