Please Please Me (Album) Pitch Analysis For Accompaniment

If you’ve ever tried to accompany Beatles songs with an instrument tuned to standard ‘concert’ pitch (long defined by the International  Organisation for Standardisation as A above middle C=440 Hz) you’ll soon find that many don’t conform to this convention. ‘Ticket to Ride’, for example, is about one third of a semitone flat of concert pitch while ‘Here Comes the Sun’ is about a third of a semitone sharp: accompaniment of either with an instrument tuned to standard pitch will sound awful, as will many other Beatles tracks.

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A Hard Day’s Night (Album) Pitch Analysis For Accompaniment

This short piece is part of a project seeking to clarify devi­ations from concert pitch evident in Beatles songs, in this case the album A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Some potential reasons for the mastered pitch discrep­ancies evident in many early Beatles songs briefly are dealt with in another article upon Please Please Me. Again, my source material is the stereo remaster released in 2009 (not mono versions, digital or other­wise, which may potent­ially differ).

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