By Jim Aikin
This publication leads readers in a step by step, easy-to-understand manner in the course of the fundamentals of musical periods, scales, triads, extra advanced chord voicings, and the types of chord progressions utilized in hundreds of thousands of recognized songs. whereas firmly grounded in conventional tune thought, it addresses the wishes and pursuits of readers who're more well-off with pop tune. not like a few "chord and scale encyclopedia" books released for guitarists and jazz avid gamers, which provide you loads of scales and licks with out explaining the place they arrive from, Chords andHarmony "opens up the box" to give an explanation for why a few chords and scales paintings good jointly whereas others conflict.
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From 28"-32"), all hung beneath an insistent high G pedal on guitar which is dominant from the outset, occurring as it does over IV. The pitch G is also crucial in the bass (with its upward octave leaps) and the melody, with top G acting as the song's goal. It is briefly touched via an arpeggiation of V but is lost in the outer ('A') lines of the verse (10" 'mad', 22" - 'up'), it is reached for again at the beginning of the verse 34 Commentary Ex. 4 final 18 (27" and 35" - 'better') and finally attained from below in the last line of the refrain (39" and i'i4" - 'been') and from above in the second refrain ( I ' I 6 " - 'getting') via an arpeggiation of I.
Note also the motif C-B-A, reversed in the bridge, and also the growing importance of A-G, from the introductory doodlings through to its VI, I and IV, I contexts in the refrain. MacDonald points out that one crucial factor in the Beatles' success was their versatility, which far outstretched that of any of their rivals. This is nowhere more evident than in these first two songs of side two, where a genuine Indian - pop synthesis gives way to an equally genuine ragtime - pop synthesis. However, in the way that it appears to be aimed at parents (or even grandparents), this song was not particularly well received by the Beatles' usual audience.
Although the break (MacDonald calls it a 'gat')19 may sound 'authentic', it is based not upon the opening scale and rhythmic pattern (as a Hindustani^/ would be), but is a direct repeat (with a few ornamentations) of the melody of the verse, transferred to 5/8 time. Responses to this track have been extremely varied, although its 'remarkable' (Goldstein) or 'slick' (Riley) nature is accepted even by detractors. Goldstein found the lyrics dull and dismal, and Riley is unable to see how it fits within the album.
A Player's Guide to Chords and Harmony: Music Theory for Real-World Musicians (Backbeat Music Essentials) by Jim Aikin