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4 April 2010
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Hi, I'm new to this site so tell me if I do anything wrong. 

This question might seem vague and bland, but has anyone noticed how the verses on "We Can Work It Out " seem very new? What's the chord structure, the guitar, and the amp that was used in this song?

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4 April 2010
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Bump.

 

Please, this has been on my mind for ages now!

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4 April 2010
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I understand that, but a good share of the members/experts are on the other side of the globe. In other words, asleep. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

In the meantime, have you tried this site? Alan W. Pollack's Notes on ... Series

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4 April 2010
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Yep, as Skye says, some of us humans may not be around 24/7. It's also a public holiday here in the UK so some people might be away from their computers. There's no need to bump a topic if someone doesn't reply within two hours!

The chords you can look up yourself, or work them out (ha!). 

McCartney played his Hofner bass, Starr a Ludwig drum kit. Lennon played a Gibson Jumbo (J-160E) acoustic guitar and harmonium (double tracked). Harrison played a tambourine.

No idea about amps, sorry.

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MrBig said:

Hi, I'm new to this site so tell me if I do anything wrong. 

This question might seem vague and bland, but has anyone noticed how the verses on "We Can Work It Out " seem very new? What's the chord structure, the guitar, and the amp that was used in this song?


The chord structure does have a kind of "new/modern" feel to it - but only because new/modern musicians are copying something old and time-tested, of course. 🙂

The song is in D major, but it makes heavy use of the VIIb chord, which is I think what gives it that "modern" sound.  It also adds the 9th degree note to a lot of the chords, which is another trick that gets used in a lot of songs today.  Example (I bold/italicized the word where the chord lands, and in the chord diagram I bold/italicized the "out-of-place 9th note"):

 

Lyric: Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on

Chord:

EADGBE

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x32033

 

Lyric: We can work it ...

Chord:

EADBGE

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320233

 

Hope that makes some sense of the riddle ...

Not a bit like Cagney.

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Thank you very much, helped a lot.

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Has anyone noticed that this song shares a certain similarity with She Said She Said , in that it has a repeated 3/4 time signature section? Not as extended, but it has a similar effect. It's very interesting that it was George's idea to put that in.

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