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


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#2

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.


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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.


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


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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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Melodyne…


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