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musical modes in Beatles songs
24 September 2021
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Of the 167 songs The Beatles wrote for their 13 studio albums, about a half reveal chord progressions that follow tonal theory. The harmonic analysis of these compositions clearly identifies the six diatonic modes as well as their modifications used by The Beatles in their diverse music.

Predictably, The Beatles utilized Ionian and Aeolian modes most frequently as the two generally dominate classical and pop music due to their structural versatility. The Mixolydian and Dorian modes appear less often in The Beatle's output, and the same can be said about the harmonic minor and harmonic major scales. Phrygian and Lydian modes can be considered the rarest since the band used each of them only once.

Explore how The Beatles uses modal musical modes in the articles:
Beatles songs featuring Lydian mode
Things We Said Today: the only Beatles song featuring Phrygian mode
9 Beatles songs that combine harmonic major with Ionian mode
Picardy third: cadence for a happy ending in classical music and popular songs
Beatles songs with Dorian mode

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29 September 2021
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This is certainly quite fascinating stuff, to be sure.

Of course, do remember...they are just songs, and very masterful ones to be sure, and that's what matters most. ^_^

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Really good analysis @Serg would be cool to see you stick around and talk theory with us fellow music nerds, I theorize there may be more mixolydian in their catalogue than you would expect, but I havent gathered the evidence

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sir walter raleigh said
Really good analysis @Serg would be cool to see you stick around and talk theory with us fellow music nerds, I theorize there may be more mixolydian in their catalogue than you would expect, but I havent gathered the evidence

  

thanks for your attention to the topic

so far i have skimmed the chord progressions of all their songs and found Mixolydian progressions in 13 tracks. i will check this more scrupulously for the relevant article.

here is my notes:

Dig A Pony - Mixolydian (but V at the end of the verses)

Get Back - Mixolydian

Hey Jude - Ionian/Mixolydian (outro Mixolydian)

I Want To Hold Your Hand - Ionian/Mixolydian (bridge Mixolydian)

Long, Long, Long - Mixolydian

Love You To - Mixolydian (two chords)

Octopus Garden - Ionian/Mixolydian (Mixolydian in solo)

Oh! Darling - Mixolydian (verses only)

She Said She Said - Mixolydian

Taxman - Mixolydian

Tell Me Why - Mixolydian

Thank You Girl - Mixolydian

Tomorrow Never Knows - Mixolydian (two chords)

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i will be happy with any of your additions to the topic

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playing around on my guitar, Good Morning Good Morning uses Mixolydian during the “after a while” section. Also in odd time, really cool sounding. 

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15 December 2021
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i agree, Mixolydian progression accompanies the verses except the third line written in Ionian

1. A–Em–G–A or I–v–VII–I in Mixolydian

2. A–Em–G–A or I–v–VII–I in Mixolydian

3. D–E or IV–V in Ionian

4. A–Em–G–A or I–v–VII–I in Mixolydian

 

thanks, added track to Mixolydian list

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