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30 December 2010
A Beginning
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I'm new to the forum. I really love this site.


There are some questions about DayTripper I've had for long time, and I thought I'd pose them here. I did quick scan of the song topics and didn't see anything really related (pardon me if this has been covered somewhere else).

The version I've listened to (From Past Masters, Volume 2 - NOT the 2009 version) starts off with a slightly overdriven guitar in the right channel (RC) playing the riff. To my ears it sounds like this guitar is echoed in the left channel (LC) with some delay but I can't be sure. After the riff is played twice, I hear a clean guitar in the LC, struming what sounds like open chords.

This pattern appears to continue in the verse, albeit with key changes. In the chorus, the RC guitar switches to playing palm-muted power chords (early heavy metal there!). I cannot really make out what the LC guitar is doing at that point.

During the solo, the tone of the RC guitar changes (at least to my ears), it sounds cleaner but with more treble. This is the part where the RC guitar begins playing the riff in the key of B, and eventually leads to the solo.


Questions  (and my thoughts in smileys)


1) Who's playing the riff on the RC guitar? (a-hard-days-night-george-4)

2) Is the RC guitar being echoed in the LC? Or perhaps someone is playing it? (I suspect it's a echo, as I'm not sure if the Beatles were into manually double-tracking guitars at this point in their career. If they were, then I'd say that would indicate their knowledge of using muliti-track recording studios was far more advanced than I'd prevously thought).

3) Who's playing the open chords on the LC guitar? (a-hard-days-night-john-2)

4) Who's playing the guitar solo? (a-hard-days-night-george-4)




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3 January 2011
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No Problem. Joe's Article should be of some Help to you: /songs/day-tripper/

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4 January 2011
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29 December 2011
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Not to dig up an ancient thread, but I stumbled upon this, and figured I'd try to clear a few things up.


1. George is playing 2 leads in unison on a Fender Strat – One distorted, one clean/compressed. In the U.S version, the first bar only has the distorted guitar. I've heard that he recorded the second lead because of the "errors" where the song cuts out.


2. John is playing the open rhythm chords (Mostly 7ths) throughout, either on his Ric 325 or his Strat (He and George got matching Strats during the "Help!" sessions, and from what I've read, he pretty much ditched the Ric by that point).


3. During the break, John apparently plays the solo (It sounds "messy" enough to be John), while George plays an ascending scale with volume swells. I can't hear John's rhythm chords during the solo, so John playing the solo holds some water – It was "HIS" song, and he already gave Paul the lead vocal.


4. John said somewhere that he came up with this riff by messing around with the "I Feel Fine" riff, as well as the riff from Bobby Parker's "Watch Your Step", which "I Feel Fine" is also based on (The riff "Paperback Writer" was apparently created messing around with the "Day Tripper" riff, so it wouldn''t be unheard of).


5. Paul is playing the bassline on HIS Ric, because the Hofner would go out of tune if he played that high on the register (He plays the "E" riff on the 7th fret of the "A" string, instead of open on the "E"). This was also an early experiment with compressing the bass so it'd "cut through" in the mix, which they''d really try out for "Paperback Writer".

11 November 2012
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There seems to be some confusion about who plays what on Day Tripper, in terms of guitars, especially concerning the solo. After listening extensively to the Capitol stereo mix, I have come to the following conclusions...


- George plays a "doubled" lead guitar. There is a distorted guitar on the right channel, and a twangy clean one on the left.

- John plays the jangly rhythm guitar, mostly 7th chords.

- During the solo, John plays a B7 chord. George plays the solo itself through the right channel, on the clean guitar, while playing the volume swells on the left channel with the distorted guitar.

- Another item of note, Paul plays the riff in E at the 7th fret of the A string (In the same range as the guitar), but drops down to a low-A (Or possibly the 5th fret of the E string) when the riff goes into A, creating that cool guitar/bass "octave" effect.

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