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If you want to access this individual podcast, go to http://guitarblog.torvund.net/2007/10/31/practical-music-theory-for-guitar-players-introduction/.

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This first podcast in the series is basically an introductory talk, where I discuss why one should learn music theory and some of the challenges one will face learning music theory for pop and rock, using the guitar.

In one of the examples used - the introduction to Sittin' at the Doc of the Bay, I have my guitar tuned to an Open-G tuning.

I am also using the term chord stream with the chords G-Am-Bm-C (or I-ii-iii-IV in generic notation), with Here, There and Everywhere as an example. There is also a reference to The harmonized scale.

I am recommending Alan W. Pollack's Notes on the Beatles ..., which you can find by through the link.

 

Finally, I am mentioning some books on the music of The Beatles. These are the three books I have in mind:

The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles

Written by Dominic Pedler
Composed by The Beatles
Book of the Month 2003-10

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles is an essential addition to Beatles literature - a new and perceptive analysis of both the music and the lyrics.

More than thirty years after The Beatles split up, the music of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison lives on. What exactly were the magical ingredients of those legendary songs? why are they still so influential for today's bands? This groundbreaking book sets out to exlore The Beatles' songwriting techniques in a clear and readable style. It is aimed not only at musicians but anyone who has ever enjoyed the work of one of the most productive and successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. Author Dominic Pedler explains the chord sequences, melodies and harmonies that made up The Beatles' self penned songs and how they uncannily complemented the lyrical themes. He also assesses the contributions that rhythm, form and arrangement made to the Beatles unique sound. Throughout the book the printed music of the Beatles' songs appears alongside the text, illustrating the authors explanations. The Songwriting Secrets of The Beatles is an essential addition to Beatles literature - a new and perceptive analysis of the music itself itself as performed by what Paul McCartney still calls 'a really good, tight little band'.

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Publisher: Omnibus Press

The Beatles As Musicians

Written by Walter Everett
Composed by The Beatles

The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul

A comprehensive chronologically-ordered study of every aspect of the musical life of the Beatles, from the groups' beginnings in 1956 up to 1965. Of central importance is the discovery of the Beatles' innovative and captivating compositional techniques, beginning with a representative study of their performances of hundreds of songs written by others. The books main focus is on the materials and structures of the Beatles' melodies, harmonies, counterpoint, rhythms, forms, colours, and textures, and the expressive ways in which these devices portray the themes and imagery of their poetry. The book also addresses performance practice, recording procedure, historical context, and reception history.The Beatles as Musicians is a richly interpretative study, with authoritative judgements and creative suggestions for ways of hearing, interspersed with recording data and composition credits.

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RefNr: 0195141059
Pages: 472
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Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

The Beatles As Musicians. Revolver through the Anthology.

Written by Walter Everett
Composed by The Beatles

This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.

Book Description Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colours, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.

Synopsis Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colours, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.

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RefNr: 0195129415
Pages: 295
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Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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