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We Can Work It Out
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4 April 2010
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MrBig
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Hi, I'm new to this site so tell me if I do anything wrong. 

This question might seem vague and bland, but has anyone noticed how the verses on "We Can Work It Out" seem very new? What's the chord structure, the guitar, and the amp that was used in this song?

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4 April 2010
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MrBig
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Bump.

 

Please, this has been on my mind for ages now!

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4 April 2010
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I understand that, but a good share of the members/experts are on the other side of the globe. In other words, asleep. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

In the meantime, have you tried this site? Alan W. Pollack's Notes on ... Series

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4 April 2010
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Yep, as Skye says, some of us humans may not be around 24/7. It's also a public holiday here in the UK so some people might be away from their computers. There's no need to bump a topic if someone doesn't reply within two hours!

The chords you can look up yourself, or work them out (ha!). 

McCartney played his Hofner bass, Starr a Ludwig drum kit. Lennon played a Gibson Jumbo (J-160E) acoustic guitar and harmonium (double tracked). Harrison played a tambourine.

No idea about amps, sorry.

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14 April 2010
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MrBig said:

Hi, I'm new to this site so tell me if I do anything wrong. 

This question might seem vague and bland, but has anyone noticed how the verses on "We Can Work It Out" seem very new? What's the chord structure, the guitar, and the amp that was used in this song?


The chord structure does have a kind of "new/modern" feel to it - but only because new/modern musicians are copying something old and time-tested, of course. :-)

The song is in D major, but it makes heavy use of the VIIb chord, which is I think what gives it that "modern" sound.  It also adds the 9th degree note to a lot of the chords, which is another trick that gets used in a lot of songs today.  Example (I bold/italicized the word where the chord lands, and in the chord diagram I bold/italicized the "out-of-place 9th note"):

 

Lyric: Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on

Chord:

EADGBE

----------

x32033

 

Lyric: We can work it ...

Chord:

EADBGE

----------

320233

 

Hope that makes some sense of the riddle ...

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17 April 2010
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Thank you very much, helped a lot.

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