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Thread #142129   Message #3275434
Posted By: GUEST,Cafe Nerd
17-Dec-11 - 09:54 AM
Thread Name: First chord of 'A Hard Day's Night'
Subject: RE: First chord of 'A Hard Day's Night'
It's all in the voicings though. The high D played on the bass means we're hearing the chord as a sub-dominant (the key of the song is G). Take the 12 string out of the equation and it's a straightforward Dsus4 chord. Without Harrison's guitar it wouldn't have mattered if Lennon's chord included the third (F#). Crucially it doesn't because the 12 string includes the octaved F natural.
I'd call it a combination of Gsus4 and Dsus4 both chords minus the thirds.

As regards how Harrison fingers it my guess is he fingers a normal four fingered F+9 but loops his thumb over to play the G and C on the bottom strings. Not impossible on the thin neck of a Rickenbacker 12