A Hard Days Night Opening Chord 'Solved' | Fab Forum

Introducing the inaugural Fab Forum February Fundraiser! Click here for more details.

Please consider registering

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

— Match —

— Forum Options —

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
A Hard Days Night Opening Chord 'Solved'
No permission to create posts
9 September 2012

Forum Posts: 17114
Member Since:
1 May 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Some clever person called Doctor Kevin Houston has claimed to have solved what the chords were for the opening chord of A Hard Days Night and its too convoluted a report to post a straight forward quote (I couldnt find a thread for either the song AHDN or its album for this post) but have done so for the main bits.

His believes George Harrison was playing a straightforward F add9 on his 12-string electric Rickenbacker guitar... at the same time, Harrison appears to have had his thumb curled round the neck of the guitar, pressing down the bottom E string at the first fret....

...Dr Houston also established that John Lennon was playing the same chord on an acoustic guitar. On the stereo track, Harrison and Lennon are heard on different speakers.

He also mentions that George Martin was playing the piano low down in the mix.


Im no musical person so others might have some idea what the heck is going on.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
10 September 2012
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 1535
Member Since:
9 August 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

 ... and McCartney plays a D on the bass. Many articles on this.

(see 6/10/11 post on   http://on.fb.me/jJiC0J    )

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
11 September 2012
Forum Posts: 4390
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

This comes up surprisingly often. Whenever some musicologist with a computer publishes a research paper, certain parts of the media seem to go "Ooh, an expert! He's used something called Fourier Transform," without really understanding any of it, or questioning whether it breaks new ground.

Here's my take on it: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fe.....ght-chord/

No doubt someone else will use computer analysis in six months, publish another article, point out a minor difference and the cycle will begin again. FWIW this is the best account I've yet read: https://sites.google.com/site/ahdnchord/ (have a good look around the various pages to see how the frequencies can be mis/interpreted).

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

12 September 2012
Inner Light
Friar Park
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 527
Member Since:
20 December 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Check this out regarding the opening chord for 'A Hard Day's Night'


The further one travels, the less one knows
14 September 2012
mr. Sun king coming together
Nowhere Land
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 6980
Member Since:
19 September 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Inner Light said

Check this out regarding the opening chord for 'A Hard Day's Night'

I wouldn't trust a thing that comes out of Randy Bachmann's mouth.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

7 January 2015
Casbah Coffee Club
Forum Posts: 20
Member Since:
14 November 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The following people thank bassboy86 for this post:

Mr. Kite
No permission to create posts
Forum Timezone: America/Chicago

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: Annadog40, natureaker, Jolly Jimmy
42 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

meanmistermustard: 17114

Ahhh Girl: 10713

Annadog40: 9675

Zig: 7531

parlance: 7092

mr. Sun king coming together: 6980

Mr. Kite: 6092

Silly Girl: 5720

trcanberra: 5526

Ron Nasty: 4917

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3328

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 42

Topics: 3814

Posts: 201680

Newest Members:

tomomi, ttn48griff, Beatles007, Edwardo, deandawes

Moderators: Ahhh Girl: 10713, meanmistermustard: 17114, Zig: 7531, Joe: 4390

Administrators: Joe: 4390, Ellie: 3

Members Birthdays
Today: None
Upcoming: VeraChuckDave