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The Beatles: I Want To Tell You - - (Table view)

Other recordings of I Want To Tell You:

Progressions

  • I-VIIb-IV-I Mixolydian
  • From Alan W Pollack's Notes on "I Want To Tell You"

    The home key of the song is A Major throughout, established by a frugal budget of chords. However, the guitar ostinato that pervades the song contains, embedded within it, what I always refer to as the Hey Jude progression (I-flat VII-IV-I), and this adds a modal flavor to the procedings.

  • I-II-V Lydian Lydian
  • From Alan W Pollack's Notes on "I Want To Tell You"

     |A |- |- |-   B |- |
    A:  I        V-of-V
    
    
     |E |- |- |- |A |- |
      V     I
    
    

    [I-II-V-I] And, as if that weren't enough, we also have the change of chord in the middle of measure 4; a move that is IMHO *very* sophisticated.

    Special chords

    dim

    The more typical use of the diminshed chord is as a passing chord. If we still use The Beatles' songs as examples, we find a decending minor move in If I Fell. It starts with a Chordstream D-Em-F#m, and goes down from the F#m via Fdim to Em7.You can hear another variation in I Want To Tell You, where the chords are B - Bdim - A. And you can go up as in I Will, where the chords are F - Fdim - G.

    m9

    From Alan W Pollack's Notes on "I Want To Tell You"

    Harmonically, we have that persistent, somewhat mechanical (not to say *irritating* :-))harping on the E minor 9th chord in the piano, and rhythmically, there's those slow triplets, especially in the opening bassline ostinato, which create lots of challenging friction against the 4/4 backbeat. The lyrics, I hope, speak for themselves.

    Modulation

    Books including the song

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    The Beatles Fake Book (Fake Books)
    RefNr: HL240069
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    Amazon UK
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    The Beatles Guitar Chord Songbook A-I
    A-I (Guitar Chord Songbook)
    RefNr: HL699558
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    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

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    Revolver
    Revolver
    RefNr: HL694891
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    Amazon UK
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    The Beatles - Complete Scores
    This outstanding hard-cover edition features over 1100 pages with full scores and lyrics to all 210 titles recorded by The Beatles.
    RefNr: HL673228
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    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
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    The Beatles Guitar Techniques - Transcribed Solos And Excerpts
    Not only is this a stylistic analysis of the guitar licks and solos of the Beatles, but a deeper study of John, Paul and George's individual guitar concepts andtechniques.
    RefNr: HL660105
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    The Beatles Complete Fake Book
    Every song by the 'Fab Four' in freshly engraved top-line arrangements.
    RefNr: NO90535
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    MusicRoom
    Videos including the song
    CDs including the song

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    Revolver
    RefNr: CD327630
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