24 September 2021
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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26 January 2017
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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