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Author Topic: Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord  (Read 602 times)

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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:14:56 AM »
As a passionate fan of The Beatles, I'm excited to post this.

Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord

The opening chord to A Hard Day's Night is also famous because for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing.  Musicians, scholars and amateur guitar players alike had all come up with their own theories, but it took a Dalhousie mathematician to figure out the exact formula.



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Re: Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008, 04:49:21 PM »
But it doesn't tell us what the chord is!  *flails*

*stomps off to run Fourier transformations*
« Last Edit: November 01, 2008, 09:26:38 PM by Oniya »

Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Re: Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2008, 06:06:28 AM »
Perhaps it's the intellectual property of Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono?

(A joke... I think.)

By the way, for anybody who's interested in The Beatles and in video games: It was just announced that they're producing a Beatles video game which "will draw from the entire Beatles catalog and will use the original U.K. tracks" and which will be "compatible with all Rock Band-related peripherals."  Learn more here and here and probably elsewhere.  I'm not a huge video gamer, but even I might check this one out...


They've really made the grade...

Offline Will

Re: Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 08:01:55 AM »
It doesn't say, no.  It does say, though, that the F was the problematic note.  I've never tried to figure out that chord, but I would imagine knowing that would make it a lot easier.  *goes to find a copy*

Thanks Spel! :)