Demystifying the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night"

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Did Randy figure it out from listening to the, at least, dozen documentaries about it?

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He figured it out by listening to the isolated tracks on the source tapes-- as mentioned in the first 30 seconds of the clip.

I listen to his CBC Radio show Vinyl Tap every week; he’s discussed it on the show.

This chord has been covered lots of times, on the various documentaries, books, and interviews, ever since the album was released.

Wait, what? It’s just the six strings open, isn’t it?

No, it’s like a G with some D on top with a sus in there and … oh, I can play it on the banjo!

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