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(Abc.net.au)   What exactly is that opening chord to A Hard Day's Night? Here's the tl;dr version   ( abc.net.au) divider line
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2017-11-05 07:07:57 AM  
Well, there it is.


/been playing piano since '69
//it took who how long to figure what out
///knew it when I heard it the first-round, back in the day, because, he'll, there are only 88 keys, and you gotta know them all.
 
2017-11-05 08:11:12 AM  
Was one the first chords I learned from my Beatles obsessed guitar teacher.
 
2017-11-05 08:13:41 AM  
So the mystery was uncredited studio musicians?
 
2017-11-05 08:19:13 AM  
A properly written article would have included a bottom-line summary of what was played on each instrument present in that intro at or very near the end of said article.
 
2017-11-05 08:27:09 AM  
That chord was bigger than John Lennon.

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2017-11-05 08:30:40 AM  
Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?
 
2017-11-05 08:42:01 AM  
Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?


I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?
 
2017-11-05 08:44:56 AM  

Metastatic Capricorn: A properly written article would have included a bottom-line summary of what was played on each instrument present in that intro at or very near the end of said article complete biographies of all people present in building at the moment of recording.

 
2017-11-05 08:47:48 AM  

No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?


Considering that they often could not hear themselves play over the screaming of the teenage girls in the audience (one of the reasons they stopped playing live), I wouldn't be surprised if they just half assed it after a while
 
2017-11-05 08:56:51 AM  
Crosstown Traffic has a similar mystery piano note in the intro which occasionally recurs in the song.
 
2017-11-05 09:01:49 AM  

Snapper Carr: No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?

Considering that they often could not hear themselves play over the screaming of the teenage girls in the audience (one of the reasons they stopped playing live), I wouldn't be surprised if they just half assed it after a while


Once they realized they suck without Max Martin, studio, studio producers, studio engineers and studio hands they stopped touring
 
2017-11-05 09:35:56 AM  
An annual feature on Fark.
 
2017-11-05 09:47:02 AM  

LewDux: Snapper Carr: No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?

Considering that they often could not hear themselves play over the screaming of the teenage girls in the audience (one of the reasons they stopped playing live), I wouldn't be surprised if they just half assed it after a while

Once they realized they suck without Max Martin, studio, studio producers, studio engineers and studio hands they stopped touring


1/10

/Max Martin?
 
2017-11-05 09:49:21 AM  
I had no idea it was that complicated.
 
2017-11-05 09:53:55 AM  

Snapper Carr: No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?

Considering that they often could not hear themselves play over the screaming of the teenage girls in the audience (one of the reasons they stopped playing live), I wouldn't be surprised if they just half assed it after a while


I remember reading something about that and you're right.  They said in interviews they often sang gibberish into the mics.
 
2017-11-05 09:54:14 AM  

LewDux: Metastatic Capricorn: A properly written article would have included a bottom-line summary of what was played on each instrument present in that intro at or very near the end of said article complete biographies of all people present in building at the moment of recording.


"Lewisohn's next book, The Beatles: 25 Years In The Life, was published in 1988 and included information on what each individual member of the band was doing on any particular day between 1962 and 1987"
 
2017-11-05 09:57:18 AM  
It is true that that note is unique and you just know to jump into the song.  I'm not musically talented and wasn't even alive when that was done, but it's a singular note.
 
2017-11-05 10:03:32 AM  
This guy is a math professor and he didn't learn of Fourier transforms until after he became one?  Hell, I knew what they were and was writing software to implement them before I started college (early 80s).
 
2017-11-05 10:20:48 AM  

No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?


I saw them back in '65 and yes they did play the chord but I don't know if it was same one

/and yes I am old
 
2017-11-05 10:38:59 AM  
Better article (from 2008!) that breaks down exactly what was played, on what instrument and by whom.
 
2017-11-05 10:46:45 AM  
They were strip club musicians with no ability to read or write musical notation. They couldn't tell you if they knew.
 
2017-11-05 10:56:38 AM  
Great read. If you TLDR'ed it, get a cup of coffee and start over.
 
2017-11-05 11:00:11 AM  
It's a D minor, which I always find is really the saddest of all keys, really, I don't know why. It makes people weep instantly to play.
 
2017-11-05 11:12:50 AM  

killerbee: No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?

I saw them back in '65 and yes they did play the chord but I don't know if it was same one

/and yes I am old


I've always heard that Beatles concerts, after they got big, turned into kind of messes because the girls were screaming so loud it overwhelmed their speakers and they couldn't hear what they were doing.  If you watch the footage of the Shea Stadium concert, they basically end up just sort of farking around up there.  John's playing the organ with his elbows at one point.  It was one of the main things that made them quit touring -- well, that, and having their records burned by crazy religious kooks who completely missed the point of John's "We're bigger than Jesus" line.
 
2017-11-05 11:32:39 AM  
It's JUUUNNNNNNGGG!
Hoodoo Gurus do a superior version.
 
2017-11-05 11:40:54 AM  

LewDux: LewDux: Metastatic Capricorn: A properly written article would have included a bottom-line summary of what was played on each instrument present in that intro at or very near the end of said article complete biographies of all people present in building at the moment of recording.

"Lewisohn's next book, The Beatles: 25 Years In The Life, was published in 1988 and included information on what each individual member of the band was doing on any particular day between 1962 and 1987"


February 8, 1974: Ringo Starr spends entire day on toilet after eating bad shellfish the previous night.

July 21, 1977: George Harrison forced to masturbate after drunken groupie leaves blowjob in mid suck to vomit.

December 7, 1980: John Lennon overheard saying "Man, do I have to hang out at home tomorrow? I need to spend another day with Yoko like I need a hole in the head."
 
2017-11-05 11:56:12 AM  

Snotnose: This guy is a math professor and he didn't learn of Fourier transforms until after he became one?  Hell, I knew what they were and was writing software to implement them before I started college (early 80s).


Unfortuantely they are playing real instruments and not function generators.
 
2017-11-05 12:00:53 PM  

Slypork: Better article (from 2008!) that breaks down exactly what was played, on what instrument and by whom.


Thanks! Sometimes it pays to read the thread first.
I also had no idea it was so complicated.
 
kab
2017-11-05 12:45:28 PM  
DNRTFA, assuming the answer is "the only interesting one in the entire song"

/just kidding
//don't taze me, Jude
 
2017-11-05 01:17:58 PM  

jake_lex: killerbee: No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?

I saw them back in '65 and yes they did play the chord but I don't know if it was same one

/and yes I am old

I've always heard that Beatles concerts, after they got big, turned into kind of messes because the girls were screaming so loud it overwhelmed their speakers and they couldn't hear what they were doing.  If you watch the footage of the Shea Stadium concert, they basically end up just sort of farking around up there.  John's playing the organ with his elbows at one point.  It was one of the main things that made them quit touring -- well, that, and having their records burned by crazy religious kooks who completely missed the point of John's "We're bigger than Jesus" line.


I didn't see them outside but in memorial auditorium in Dallas so I could hear everything sitting in the middle half of the auditorium.

And it was when they first started touring.

/Yes I was screaming.  Good times
 
2017-11-05 01:27:35 PM  

Hawk24: LewDux: Snapper Carr: No Catchy Nickname: Interesting read.

Monkey: Did they not play the chord when they performed the song live? Or dod they just dive right into the lyrics?

I wondered that, too. Or did they just play a similar chord to start the song, but without the piano?

Considering that they often could not hear themselves play over the screaming of the teenage girls in the audience (one of the reasons they stopped playing live), I wouldn't be surprised if they just half assed it after a while

Once they realized they suck without Max Martin, studio, studio producers, studio engineers and studio hands they stopped touring

1/10

/Max Martin?


This guy's cousin.

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2017-11-05 10:59:31 PM  

Snotnose: This guy is a math professor and he didn't learn of Fourier transforms until after he became one?  Hell, I knew what they were and was writing software to implement them before I started college (early 80s).


Glad I not the only one. Stopping reading after that.

Fourier transform has been undergrad material for decades, but he's a mid-career maths professor?
 
2017-11-06 09:18:07 AM  
I have read about this before. Playing it by yourself, you can approximate the sound by playing a G sus 4 (a G chord with a C note added) barre chord on a guitar. But in reality, Harrison plays an F with a suspended 2nd (G note) on his 12 string (the same chord that makes up part of the outro) Rickenbacker. It is the D note on bass, the chord John is playing on his Gibson J-160e acoustic electric and the notes that producer George Martin hit on the piano that make it sound not at all like the chord Harrison actually plays. If you listen to the chord, you can hear the piano. But it ends up sounding like a G with a suspended 4th. Just tru playing that chord---it sounds remarkably similar to the opening chord.
 
2017-11-06 11:51:41 AM  
High school marching band sax is the extent of my musical education, but I've always heard the piano in that opening. I didn't realize it was some sort of mystery.
 
2017-11-06 02:17:26 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: It's a D minor, which I always find is really the saddest of all keys, really, I don't know why. It makes people weep instantly to play.


That's really beautiful, what do you call it?
 
2017-11-06 02:54:33 PM  
I lost my virginity to that chord.
 
2017-11-06 04:38:16 PM  

Keeve: I lost my virginity to that chord.


It really is quite penetrating chord
 
2017-11-06 06:40:34 PM  

ko_kyi: Eddie Adams from Torrance: It's a D minor, which I always find is really the saddest of all keys, really, I don't know why. It makes people weep instantly to play.

That's really beautiful, what do you call it?


Arthur.
 
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