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Sexy Sadie piano intro?
29 July 2019
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Hi all!

I'm learning this song on piano and getting on pretty well, but struggling to get the first few notes sounding spot on.

It's a Dmaj and I think it 'flicks' on the the F note before hitting the fsharp, but any keyboard experts out there can give any insight please? I've watched a couple of YouTube videos but to be honest they either go a bit fast over this part or there is disagreement in the comments section about if it is correct.

I'm guessing it could all be in the technique and I just can't yet grasp it properly?

Thanks in advance

30 July 2019
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Hi @sooper8

I'm not the world's best keyboard player but I do have the Beatles Complete Scores. I don't know if this helps or not:

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30 July 2019
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@sir walter raleigh loves this piano intro, he’d be a good resource here.

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30 July 2019
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Roll the m3 of the D up to the M3 with the fifth on top using fingers 2 and 3 before going down to the C chord to get the authentic sound. The intro does a lot of bouncing between the root and the third & fifth. The piano part is all about walking thirds up and then descending G inversions. I can post a video of my fingers if this doesn’t help. 

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30 July 2019
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Thank you both very much. I really appreciate your answers.

I'm going to the piano now and one way or another I'll have it by the end of the day!

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30 July 2019
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Off topic, but anyone else think this really sounds like Karma Police by Radiohead? Well, the other way around...

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30 July 2019
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QuarryMan said
Off topic, but anyone else think this really sounds like Karma Police by Radiohead? Well, the other way around...  

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Beatlebug said

QuarryMan said

Off topic, but anyone else think this really sounds like Karma Police by Radiohead? Well, the other way around...  

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The similarities (which are well-documented) are between the verse(s) of Sexy Sadie and the bridge/chorus of Karma Police (i.e. the 'this is what you'll get' section). The latter's chord progression of C-D-G-F#7 is identical to the second and third lines of Sexy Sadie 's verses.

John Lennon actually uses the same chord sequence for 'Out The Blue'

Hopefully that makes sense.

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30 July 2019
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John Lennon actually uses the same chord sequence for 'Out The Blue'

  

Thanks for that...

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Thanks for the info. I wonder if it was an intentional homage on Radiohead's part. 

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30 July 2019
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Out The Blue is one of my favorite songs to play on guitar. No surprise it also has a fantastic piano part. 

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30 July 2019
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I always wondered why Sexy Sadie sounded so familiar when I first heard it

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