The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles

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Omnibus Press, 25.05.2010 - 791 Seiten
Thirty years after The Beatles split up, the music of Lennon, McCartney, Harrrison and Starkey lives on. What exactly were the magical ingredients of those legendary songs? Why are they still so influential for today's bands?

This ground-breaking book sets out to explore The Beatles' songwriting techniques in a clear and readable style. It is aimed not only at musicians but anyone who has ever enjoyed the work of one of the most productive and successful songwriting parterships of the 20th Century.

Author Dominic Pedler explores the chord sequences, melodies, harmonies, rhythms and structures of The Beatles' self-penned songs, while challenging readers to enhance their appreciation of the lyrics themselves with reference to the musical context.

Throughout the book the printed music and lyrics of The Beatles' songs appear alongside the text, illustrating the author's explanations.

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles is an essential addition to Beatles literature - a new and perceptive analysis of both the music and the lyrics written and performed by what Paul McCartney still calls 'a really good, tight little band'.
 

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The Minor Pop Chords
Supercharging a Song with Secondary Dominants Tension Resolution and the Power of V
Exotic birds and the Great Aeolian Cadence Mystery
Relative and Parallel Minor Switches
Borrowing and the Rise of Rock
The Modal Connection
Descending Bass Inversions and Aug chords
Middle Eights and Mega Modulations
Harmonisation in Focus
I nicked it Derivation Plagiarism and
And in The End Lyrical and Tonal Movement
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She Loves You Anatomy of a Perfect Pop Song
A Beginners Guide to Music Theory
Beatles Chords in Practice
An Introduction to Harmonisation

Songwriting SleightofHand
Tritone Substitution and Other Mystery Chords
The A Hard Days Night Chord Rocks Holy Grail
Melody Intervals Motifs and Phrasing
An Introduction to Beatles Song Form
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
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