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The Beatles: Help - - (Table view)

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Progressions

  • VIIb Chord Flat Seventh Chord
  • From Alan W Pollack's "Notes on "Help!"":

    The flat-VII chord was obviously not "invented" by the Beatles, but they were to use it quite a bit starting from around the time of the Hard Day's Night album, and I dare say that they are at least partly responsible for the chord's becoming somewhat of a cliche in late 60s/ early 70s pop music.

    Flat-VII appears repeatedly in this song, alternately serving two very different purposes; sort of like a character actor filling two different roles in the same play. In the verse it is used to make what Wilifred Meller's was talking about when he used the much ridiculed but very apt label, "Aeolian cadence." The Aeolian mode is the white note scale on A, and is one of the modes in which the flat-VII chord naturally occurs, and is used in place of V to make a complete cadence with I. By contrast, in the intro and refrains, the flat-VII chord appears in the midst of an unusual chromatic chord progression.

  • I-iii-vi-IV
  • From Alan W Pollack's "Notes on "Help!"":

    The verse is sixteen measures long; built out of a repetition of the following eight-measure phrase which, itself, breaks down into a 4+4 AA' pattern:

            |A  |-  |c#  |-  |
             I            iii
    
    
            |f#  |-  |D G |A   |
             vi         IV flat-VII I
    

  • Decptive Cadence Ending Decptive Cadence
  • From Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Help":

    This pattern is changed in the final refrain and made into a beautiful example of a deceptive cadence, in pure Bach style; i.e., the word "me" in the final refrain is given an f# (vi) chord. As in all such cadences, thing are quickly put "right" in the following and final phrase.

  • ii-VIIb-V-I
  • From Alan W Pollack's "Notes on "Help!"":

    Once you get used to this progression I believe you hear the overall motion as being from the ii->V->I; a nice subdominant->dominant->tonic cadence. But what of the G chord ? I put a flat-VII under it but I don't hear it that way at all in this context; flat-VII is a surrogate dominant (V-like) function. What I hear in this context is more of a hard to pigeon-hole "filler" chord between the ii and the V. In the final analysis (ugh!) I'm not even sure what Roman numeral to give it, or whether to give it one at all. What makes it work is the contrapuntal movement in the outer voices:

    It is a long discussion about this progression - too long to quote here. You have to go to the "Notes on "Help!""

  • IV-VIIb-I Ending
  • The ending of the lines that make up the verse.

    Special chords

    6

    From Alan W Pollack's "Notes on "Help!"":

    The final chord of this song is another added sixth chord. In contrast to the splat-like attack on this chord at the end of "She Loves You", the boys use it in "Help!" with great subtlety; the plain A chord is given on the down beat, and the sixth is added as a melodic neighboring tone, off the beat, in falsetto voice on the phoneme "Ooh"; but you already knew that :-).

    Modulation

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