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Ben Higgins
post Sep 9 2012, 07:38 PM
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Scientists claim to have identified the weird chord at the beginning of a Hard Days Night by The Beatles. They reckon it's an Fadd9 with a piano adding extra notes.. or something like that.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/mystery-beatles-c...-171840692.html



What do you think ? I didn't know it so had to listen to it on YT. (not a Beatles fan, sorry !) smile.gif


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post Sep 9 2012, 08:10 PM
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Well what I've heard was pretty much the same..
George Harrison played a Fadd9 as they stated on his 12 string Rickenbacker, but a piano, bass and another guitar added some extra notes, but one way to play it without having a piano and a bass would be playing a G7sus4, I've also seen that someone says its a G7sus4 being played on the 12 string Rickenbacker and then a Fadd9 being played on an acoustic, anyways, I don't really care that much about it, as long as it sounds nice smile.gif, but I think you can play G7sus4 and or Fadd9, I had a DVD where a guitarist named Michael Casewell showed it and if I remember correctly he played a G7sus4 on a 12 sring Rickenbacker.


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post Sep 10 2012, 03:59 AM
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QUOTE (Qenzoz @ Sep 9 2012, 03:10 PM) *
... I've also seen that someone says its a G7sus4 being played on the 12 string Rickenbacker and then a Fadd9 being played on an acoustic...


"The Beatles Guitar" book I have uses the G7sus4. Whether that is the original chord I'm not sure. Noted in the book says the arrangements were written to embody the essence & style of John & George's guitar playing.


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post Sep 10 2012, 09:26 AM
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Good insights, guys !! It's quite cool that this has remained a talking point all these years smile.gif

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post Sep 10 2012, 10:24 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Sep 9 2012, 07:38 PM) *
Scientists claim to have identified the weird chord at the beginning of a Hard Days Night by The Beatles. They reckon it's an Fadd9 with a piano adding extra notes.. or something like that.

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They're rather late to the party as George Harrison said this way back in an interview - see Dominic Pedlar's book 'The songwriting secrets of the Beatles'.

The piano was played by George Martin who was playing a sus2 progression, McCartney was playing 'd' notes on his bass, Harrison (12 string electric) and Lennon (6 string acoustic) both played F add9s. Geroge Martin's piano by the way is documented in the recording session logs so was hardly a secret smile.gif.


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post Sep 10 2012, 08:20 PM
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Interesting ..but i've been to the beatle festival in liverpool couple of weeks ago..totally full of it now .. wink.gif
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