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Keys that The Beatles used (now that you've found another key)
10 June 2017
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We can agree it’s in a minor key, but as for which one… Maybe Em, maybe Am.

Until someone can provide some sort of proof of Mr Kite’s key, I’ll keep it in Em.

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The Hole Got Fixed said
We can agree it’s in a minor key, but as for which one… Maybe Em, maybe Am.

Until someone can provide some sort of proof of Mr Kite’s key, I’ll keep it in Em.  

Well, when I try to figure out the key of a song, one thing I do is figure out which note of the melody sounds like the “tonic” note (the main note) — which would denote also the key the song’s in.  It also helps to look up the chords from a website that offers chords to songs (not all songs out there, alas, have been helpfully provided chords).

From doing both of the above, I determined that “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” actually vacillates between two keys — Cm and Dm — except in the instrumental interlude and toward the end, where it goes up from Dm to a third key, Em.

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12 June 2017
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So we’ve got either Cm, Dm, Em or Am… Mr Kite, why do you do this to us?

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12 June 2017
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Because we see the Bb chord appear so often, I think Dm could be correct. That’s what I hear as the tonic as well. 

Golly this song is mind boggling! (And not just lyrically)

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12 June 2017
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Hmmm…

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I always thought the song was in C because we start off the verse with a C, so i’m guessing Cm.

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12 June 2017
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BFTBOMK is a weird one. I assumed it was Cm when looking at the chords but online sources say that it’s actually Em by way of D and C minora-hard-days-night-ringo-13

This is the source: http://www.recmusicbeatles.com…..tbomk.html

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That’s the same website I drew my conclusions from when I came to Em.

The plot thickens… 

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13 June 2017
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The Hole Got Fixed said
So we’ve got either Cm, Dm, Em or Am… Mr Kite, why do you do this to us?  

It’s not either / or.  It’s all three — Cm to Dm back to Cm to Dm, then in the interlude Cm, Dm, to Em — then back to Cm to Dm etc., then for the grand finale, Dm to Em (repeat and rinse to the ending splash).

(Note: I think I was previously incorrect about the ending repeating the Cm, Dm, to Em pattern of the interlude; it just vacillates between Dm and Em).

Also, when a songwriter is more sophisticated, he doesn’t always stay faithfully in key with conventional chords (i.e., he doesn’t “color in the lines”).  Since the more musically sophisticated George Martin likely had a hand in this song’s composition, and John sort of gave him a free hand to come up with stuff to match his (John’s) psychedelic vision (“I want the song to be ORANGE” John is supposed to have said to George Martin), some of the more offbeat chord choices which throw off a conventional ear who is earnestly (but ploddingly) trying to figure out the key are probably explained that way. 

As an example of sophisticated chord changes, try following along with a Dave Brubeck song — particularly some of his more daringly experimental ones — and figure out the key; it’s well nigh impossible for someone like me at any rate, grounded in the relative simplicity of folk-pop music.

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13 June 2017
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14 June 2017
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Below at the bottom, I link to a brief recording of my little bass line for the beginning of Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

I’m not trying to follow Paul necessarily, just noodling around with it.  The notes are the following (see explanation following the notes):

C — B — Bb — A — F — G

C — B — G-A-Bb — D-A-F — A

D — C — Bb — A-B-C# — D — C — Bb — A-B-C# — D…  G.

Explanation: 

1) If you listen to my audio, I add occasional little additional curlicues which my schema above does not display. 

2) Note the first line is in the key of Cm (Cm has the B natural note; the addition by John/George Martin of the Bb note is playing with the Cm key by making it dorian, a variant of the minor key). 

3) The transition I creatively thought of to bridge from Cm to Dm occurs at the “D-A-F — A” point.

Link for my little sound file:

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