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Question for musicians about "I Need You"
4 January 2013
10.44pm
Funny Paper
America
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Is it my imagination, or is Harrison's electric guitar slightly out of tune in the song "I Need You"?  Maybe that's an unavoidable effect of that reverb he's doing (with John's help at the volume control).  When I try to accompany the song just strumming or fingerpicking with my acoustic guitar, the song seems to mess up my tuning -- I find myself constantly tightening or loosening certain strings, and I can't get it right!

This doesn't happen with other Beatles songs, or with any other songs I like to play along to.

Also, I'm not sure about one of the chords provided by "e-chords" website at one point, at that ingenious turnaround George wrote --

"…and feeling like this, I just can't go on anymore…"

-- but let me ramp up to it:

Oh yes you told me (A to D)

You don't want my lovin' anymore (E to A)

That's when it hurt me (A to D)

And feeling like this,  (E) I

just can't go on any (B7)

more (E)…

[then back to A again]

My problem is with that E chord at "And feeling like this" -- the rest seems to work fine.

Anyone think there's a different chord at that juncture?

 

 

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4 January 2013
10.53pm
Ben Ramon
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Sounds fine to me!

The only thing I would change there to be more authentic to the song is to move from A to A7 after "you don't want my loving anymore."

EDIT: actually, the B7 on "just can't go on any" should be a Bm.

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5 January 2013
5.23am
Funny Paper
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Ben Ramon said EDIT: actually, the B7 on "just can't go on any" should be a Bm.

I don't think so, because the singing melody at that point is changing key by incorporating the note D#, which is the major 3rd in B major

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5 January 2013
9.29am
Ben Ramon
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I see what you mean but it doesn't sound like a D# to me that George sings on "just", rather a slightly sharp D. D-C#B-D#C-B-D, with a Bm chord over the top.

Although, to be fair, it sounds fine both ways, and the B7 is admittedly more interesting.

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5 January 2013
5.25pm
Funny Paper
America
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I must disagree.  I'll parse the notes word by word, syllable by syllable:

Oh--yes--you--told--me (A to D)

c#--b--a--b--a

You don't want my lovin' anymore (E to A)

a--d--c#--b--c#--b--a--b--c#

That's when it hurt me (A to D)

c#--b--a--b--a

And feeling like this,  (E)

a--d--c#--b--c#

I just can't go on any (B7) more (E)…

a--e--d#--c#--e--d#--c#--e…

Harrison ingeniously does three things here:

1) He's modulating the key from A major to E major and back to A at the end (the key of A includes the D chord; the key of E includes the B chord)

2) when he sings "and feeling like this" he's stressing the d note while playing the E chord, which makes the listener feel like it's E7 and still in the key of A

3) when he rises up to "I just can't go on anymore" he's singing the E note quickly followed by going down and up the D# to C# to D# -- stressing the E note even though he's playing a B7 chord, where the E note would be a "sus4" but here has a slightly dissonant quality that makes the listener feel like they need to resolve it with an E chord in the key of E -- which he does for a fleeting moment at "more" -- which, however, leads back to A (since the E chord can pivot in two roles, either as its own dominant chord, resting on A and B chords, or as the third chord in the key of A that traditionally leads back to A -- which he does here).

P.S.: Elsewhere in the song, when he dips down to the G natural note in A7, he's flirting with a key change in the opposite direction, down to D major.

 

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