Bing Hodneland logo

Google

Tuning:

D-A-D-G-B-E

Mode:

Mixolydian

Key (concert):

D Major

Links

Alan W Pollack's Notes on ...



All the information on this site is free. But if it is of value to you, I appreciate a tip.

The Beatles: Dear Prudence - - (Table view)

Other recordings of Dear Prudence:

This song is in Mixolydian D. Note that the 6th string is tuned down to D, giving a Dropped D-Tuning. The song starts with a series of chords on a droning bass. The chords are D - C/D - G/D - A/D - C/D - D. From there the verse starts with a satic D-chord over a moving bass-line (an ostinato theme). Near the end of the verse, there is a C-G-D movement, giving the VIIb-IV-I progression so typical of mixolydian songs. At the end of the second verse, we get an A-chord, i addition to G and D, but still over a droning D in the bass.

In the instrumental bridge, we hear the I-IIIb-IV, or actually I-IIIb-Vb-IV, with the chords D (or G/D) - F- Ab - G.

Progressions

  • I-IIIb-IV Onion Shuffle
  • From Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Dear Prudence":

    By funny coincidence, the same I -> flat-III -> IV progression which sounds so haunting in this context turns out to be the same one used to different effect in the previous song, "Back In The USSR".

  • VIIb Chord Flat Seventh Chord
  • From Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Dear Prudence":

    The harmony is largely played out over a pedal tone on D. It's the complete avoidance of the melodic 7th combined with the flat VII harmonies that creates the Mixolydian modal feel.

  • VIIb-IV-I Ending Double plagal cadence
  • I-IIIb-Vb-IV
  • Special chords

    Modulation

    Books including the song

    More >>
    Play Guitar With... the best of the Beatles
    23 greatest hits by The Beatles, arranged in guitar TAB and standard notation, with chord symbols and full lyrics.
    RefNr: NO90705
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Play Guitar With... the Beatles
    Play guitar and sing along with the specially recorded CD backing tracks of eight great songs.
    RefNr: NO90665
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Guitar Tab White Pages
    The Largest Collection of Authentic Guitar Transcriptions. US edition.
    RefNr: HL690471
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Acoustic Guitar Tab White Pages
    150 Songs * Over 1,000 Pages
    RefNr: HL699590
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles Guitar
    This unique publication contains 52 favorite Beatles songs arranged exclusively for the guitar.
    RefNr: HL696088
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Fingerpicking Beatles and Expanded Edition
    30 Songs Arranged for Solo Guitar in Standard Notation and Tab
    RefNr: HL699049
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles Fake Book (Fake Books)
    RefNr: HL240069
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles Guitar Chord Songbook A-I
    A-I (Guitar Chord Songbook)
    RefNr: HL699558
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles (The White Album) - Book 1
    The White Album: Book 1
    RefNr: HL690110
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles Book
    RefNr: HL699266
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles
    Strum and sing the classic Beatles songs using these easy chord boxes, guitar tab and full lyrics. The high quality backing tracks on the CD give you authentic soundalike Beatles arrangements - just like the original recordings.
    RefNr: NO90692
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles for Classical Guitar
    Includes 20 solos from big Beatles hits arranged for classical guitar, complete with left-hand and right-hand fingering.
    RefNr: HL699237
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Acoustic Guitar Bible (Guitar Recorded Versions)
    A wonderful collection of 35 acoustic classics in notes and tab,
    RefNr: HL690432
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Acoustic Guitar Riffs
    60 essential riffs from some of the greatest acoustic guitar moments of all time.
    RefNr: HL699120
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Hal Leonard Acoustic Guitar Method
    A Complete Guide with Step-by-Step Lessons and 45 Great Acoustic Songs
    RefNr: HL697347
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Big Book Of Riffs
    185 best-known Guitar Riffs in Guitar Tablature
    RefNr: HLE90001725
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    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
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    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
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles Guitar Intros
    Learn to play the intros to 50 of the Beatles' classic songs.
    RefNr: NO90565
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    The Beatles For Classical Guitar Book 2
    Eleven solos arranged by Joe Washington. Includes 'From Me To You', 'She Loves You' and 'Here There And Everywhere'.
    RefNr: NO17782
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    More >>
    Acoustic Guitar Bible - European version
    Note-for-note guitar transcriptions of thirty-three great acoustic rock songs in standard notation and tablature.
    RefNr: HLE90001575
    Order From:
    MusicRoom

    More >>
    The Beatles Complete Fake Book
    Every song by the 'Fab Four' in freshly engraved top-line arrangements.
    RefNr: NO90535
    Order From:
    MusicRoom

    More >>
    Guitar Tab White Pages
    The Largest Collection of Authentic Guitar Transcriptions. European edition.
    RefNr: HLE90001681
    Order From:
    MusicRoom
    Videos including the song

    More >>
    The Best of Lennon & McCartney for Acoustic Guitar
    A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Fab Four's Acoustic Guitar Styles and Techniques.
    RefNr: HL320333
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    CDs including the song

    More >>
    The Beatles. "White Album"
    RefNr: CD327632
    Order From:
    Amazon US

    Amazon UK

    Further references:

    Next page: Technique Next page:

    Previous page: Previous page: A Guitar for Fingerpicking