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I absolutely love the infinite nature of this chord progression at the end of I Am The Walrus by the Beatles.
Please note, this transcription was computer generated and has not been checked for errors. However, I do hope you find it helpful. Be sure to check out The Ultimate Modal Poster!In my earlier years as a musician my attitude towards the Beatles was that they wrote simple and catchy music that's about it. Now. It was until many years after I started playing and analyzing music that I realized how much trickery and strange stuff was injected into Beatles music and this really gave me a newfound respect for their songs.
It's not easy to break the rules of Music These long-held traditions of music without completely alienating The Listener or making it obvious that you're doing something completely unorthodox.
But the magic with the Beatles is that they did these things.
And they inserted the stuff into the music without really letting you know now one of my favorite examples is at the end of I Am The Walrus that song is completely filled with weird stuff to begin with like the fact that the course is only three measures long halfway through the entire mix shifts to one side of your speakers and you can only hear John Lennon singing on your left headphone and that's not to mention the lyrics but it's the last chorus that I really want to pay attention to it dovetails into this seemingly endless chord progression where there's Rising strings and falling strings at the same. Same time and I didn't really understand how cool this was until I learn this song on my guitar.
I was always attracted to the way it sounded but I didn't really understand why it sounded so interesting until I actually learned the chord progression. So let's take a look. Our very last chorus has three extra measures added to the end of it.
And then right afterwards this repetitive sequence begins both the shallows and the violins are playing an a note but after each measure the bass section descends through all the natural notes in a stepwise fashion simultaneously the high strings Ascend through the notes A B C D E F sharp and G.
Now these form diets which are just to note chords, but we can kind of imply the full chord with the following chord progression and this chord progression summarizes the feel of what we're hearing in the song now, it's really weird here is that most chord progressions you're going to hear in music are four measures long are eight measures long sometimes six.
Definitely not 7 7 is right out. It's not something we traditionally do and for very good reason. It doesn't feel natural. Now. What's interesting here is the Beatles don't really let you know that the chord progression is only seven measures long. They hide this fact from you by piling on things every four measures by adding extra layers every four measures by adding extra strings and changing the drum beat every four measures.
So subconsciously you're being told that the song is in groupings of for but meanwhile the chord progression is only Seven measures long now with this does is by the time you end up back on a one beat after eight measures your in reality on a different chord than where you started. So as you can see here the chord progression began on a but after eight measures you're not beginning on a again. You're going to be starting on G. Then after another eight measures you'll be starting on F and e 7 and so on and so on this creates a Mobius chord progression something that almost feels like it never ends. It just has one constant looping.
Titian to it. It's a very strange feeling and you can hear it right away. You don't have to know what's going on to feel that sort of infinite Loop happening.
But seeing it on paper makes it a little easier to understand.
This is similar to the effect that you can gain when you listen to a shepard tone a shepard tone is a pitch that constantly Rises or Falls.
Hearing it. You can almost imagine the tone going into Infinite High space or infinite low space but it's really Just an Illusion and same with this progression.
One of my favorite musicologists Alan Pollock wrote specifically about this chord progression saying that the whole thing conveys intimations of immortality.
I think that's a very good summary. So this tiny little thing here is just an example of one of the hundreds of things. I found in Beatles songs that really blew my mind the first time I saw them I didn't expect to listen to Beatles songs and find these little nuggets and gems of Awesome music weirdness, but it seems like the deeper I go the more and more I find them. There's definitely something to be said about hiding complexity in a simple external shell. It seems to be easier for people to consume complicated ideas and Concepts if they are packaged in a simple format, so I'm not saying I Am The Walrus is a simple song by no means even though it's a complicated song it there's still elements in there that might Astound you at how complicated they really are. If you like this video, please let me know. I'm planning on doing more. So see you soon.