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Old Dec 15, 2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default Hard Day's Night Opening chord.... again

From Randy Bachman's Guitarology 101.

...and here:

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Old Jan 23, 2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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Listening to THE master tapes!

I suppose all those trying to figure it out all these years should just nod their head in the general direction of this fellow and move on?
"And they's no ree-shee bobbly blue gee goo...."
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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I figured the chord out decades ago when I was first learning to play guitar. It's just a form of a "D" chord with "G", etc. included. LOL!

That's how I've always refer to chords: "Play the "Hard Day's Night D"..... it's the "Love Me Two Times E"..... etc.

I have read where George said it was/is an "F add 9" chord... which I suppose is the final fade-out chord. But the chord I've always used is a "D7 add G" (or whatever it's really called). If it's an "F"-rooted chord, as George said is was, there's a bass "D" in there.

That's the thing about these chords. One person may have played a particular chord on guitar - in this case, electric 12-string.... while someone else played a different chord on piano... and maybe another on acoustic guitar....

Case in point: the final chord on "No Reply". That chord can not be played with five fingers on one guitar neck. You can give it a good shot, but there WILL be something missing from the recorded chord.

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Old Jun 23, 2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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My belief is that the opening chord is determined by its resolution. Where does it go from there? It goes back to the root of the key of G. With someone (Paul?) playing that high D note, I still hear this as a D7 added G/suspended. But with two guitars and a bass adding various inversion, its possible George played an F add G, which would throw in an F note, rendering it to a combo Dminor7 +D7 suspended G.
Slipping to that high invert F to finish out the song is a simple "step down" out of the key. Very common thing to do to end a song (IMO)

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I barre a gm7. and simply add the c note on the 3rd string 5th fret w the pinky.
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