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Ascending and Descending Patterns in The White Album
16 August 2014
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Mr. Kite
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I've been meaning to make this topic for months, I've noticed (and really enjoyed) many ascending and descending patterns on The White One.

During Glass Onion, the "oh yeah" part has an Am that keeps going up in variation chords.

In Savoy Truffle during "you'll have to have them all pulled out..." There's an Em that goes up and down.

All the verses in Cry Baby Cry start with a descending Em pattern.

I'm sure I've heard more, but these are off the too of my head. Are there any I've missed?

Why do you think there are so many of these cool patterns on this album? Did they just discover this? Was there an influence that caused this?

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16 August 2014
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Will have to listen to those songs again; but can you clarify? Do you mean the same chord played in ascending/descending octaves or going from minor, to minor 7th, etc...?

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16 August 2014
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@Into the Sky with Diamonds Like the second one. Only it's not usually directly from minor to minor seventh. Usually one in between, but all the chords I'm finding online for Glass Onion as an example aren't the same as the chord book, and I don't have that with me now.

I could describe how to play it on guitar if that helps.

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17 August 2014
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Mr. Kite said 

Why do you think there are so many of these cool patterns on this album? Did they just discover this? Was there an influence that caused this?

Don't discount Donovan's "influence" here for he did spend many hours with The Beatles under the Indian Moonlight who were very quick to pick up on his fingerpicking folk style, which traditionally had been using very different chord sequences from their proven Rock 'n' Roll formula.  They first dabbled in this realm on the 'Help' & 'Rubber Soul' albums but it wasn't until the 'White Album' where they really fully explored this domain to a fuller context.  Without the aid of drugs or alcohol in India, The Beatles were able to focus again on the theory and musicianship through the use of acoustic guitars, experimenting with new chords & progressions rather than relying on session musicians as they did on their previous 1967 works...:-) 

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17 August 2014
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Another ascending pattern (the only one I noticed myself) on the White Album is a certain lick Paul does on Mother Nature's Son with his acoustic guitar which is interesting.  I haven't bothered to take the time & trouble to try to work it out, yet...

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@Billy Rhythm I knew he was a pretty big influence on them due to the multiple times John used Travis-picking on the album, but didn't know how far the influence extended.

I guess since they did have the time to focus on the theory, they discovered these progressions then.

Were there any other new influences on them at the time I'm not aware of?

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I just noticed another one yesterday in Julia. During "glimmering" John plays Am7 to Am6, then the more noticeable one right after ("in the sun") in which he plays Em7, Em6, Em aug, Em (according to my chord book).

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