Thursday, 13 February 2014

Ticket 6: Stay Off The Root Chord

 ... especially as the first chord of the song.

Ask Me Why,
All My Loving,
All I've Got To Do
Don't Bother Me
I Want To Hold Your Hand
It Won't Be Long
Long Long Long
Old Brown Shoe
She Loves You
The Long And Winding Road

Also That'll Be The Day (Buddy Holly)

See also

Ticket 7: Avoid Using All Three Major Chords Early In The Song
Ticket 50: Stay Off The Root Note In The Melody

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  1. Here are other non-Beatles that fit this trope:
    Sono Mirai wa Ima (the pillows)
    Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
    I'll Be Around (The Spinners)
    ICE (The Chewinggum Weekend)

  2. Ride On Shooting Star (the pillows) - This one is a tricky one, the root chord is replaced with a riff. The vocals come in near the end of the meter where the rhythm guitar plays the V until the meter finishes.

  3. Loving You Is Easy (Sarah McLachlan)
    Walls Come Tumbling Down (The Style Council)