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The Beatles: If I Needed Someone - - (Table view)

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Composed by George Harrison

From Alan W Pollack's Notes on "If I Needed Someone":

The melody of the verse is in straight Mixolydian mode; that's the scale with the Major 3rd and the flat 7th -- think of it as the white note scale starting on G. By way of contrast, the bridge tune is in an equally straightforward minor mode.

Progressions

  • VIIb Chord Flat Seventh Chord
  • From Alan W Pollack's Notes on "If I Needed Someone":

    Overall, I'd describe the home key as flavor of A Major that is modally inflected by the heavy use in the verses of the flat-VII chord superimposed over that pedal harmony of the I chord. The bridge provides a very clear and decided modulation to the unsual key choice of ii (i.e. b minor).

    Special chords

    Modulation

    Tonic - supertonic I-iii-iiim7b5-Vib-ii

    From Alan W Pollack's Notes on "If I Needed Someone":

    Overall, I'd describe the home key as flavor of A Major that is modally inflected by the heavy use in the verses of the flat-VII chord superimposed over that pedal harmony of the I chord. The bridge provides a very clear and decided modulation to the unsual key choice of ii (i.e. b minor).

    (...)

    The harmony of this section features an almost textbook-perfect pivot modulation to the key of b minor. In particular, on the way back to the home key at the end of the section, you get a clear opportunity to observe how the mind 'reinterprets' the b minor chord in measure 7 retrospectively as the ii of of A once you've heard the E Major chord that follows it.

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