Eight Days A Week

Harmonic Analysis Worksheet (RMA/HA)

Published: 16 Nov 2023 Updated: 16 Nov 2023Visits: 26Code: ULHA-YB-74

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Subjects: Beatles • Theory • Progressions • Harmony • Analysis • Rma

Eight Days A Week


Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: Eight Days A Week.

Eight Days A Week

Released: 4 December 1964 (UK Beatles for Sale album), 15 February 1965 (US single)

Eight Days A Week is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon based on McCartney's original idea. The song was released in the United Kingdom in December 1964 on the album Beatles for Sale. In the United States, it was first issued as a single in February 1965 before appearing on the North American release Beatles VI. The song was the band's seventh number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, a run of US chart success achieved in just over a year. The single was also number 1 in Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands. (wikiwand) ·

The Beatles recorded "Eight Days a Week" at EMI Studios in London in October 1964. The track opens with a fade-in, marking the first time that this technique had been used on a pop studio recording. The song was reissued worldwide in 2000 on the Beatles compilation album 1. It also provided the title for director Ron Howard's 2016 documentary film on the band's years as live performers, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. (wikiwand) ·

Eight Days A Week is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

Chords

F G Bb Dm Bb6 C(no3rd) F(add9)

Theses and many other chords where covered in the Learn A Chord A Day series of lessons.

C Tuning Chords

Starting Melody Note and 1st Interval

  • Start on M3 ↓ M2.
  • INTERVALS: Root=note that begins a scale of the starting key; C is C, D is D, Am is a, Em is E, etc... m=minor; M=Major; P=Perfect; D=Diminished; A=Augmented. • ↑ is up/ascending; ↓ is down/descending;

    Harmonic Analysis (HA)

    A Harmonic Analysis (RMA/HA) and its worksheet are intended to show the function of the chords, the harmonic principles used, the keys and tonalities the song explores. And, can be used for scale selections and chord and scale substitutions.

    A Harmonic Analysis Worksheet is NOT intended to be a leadsheet and minimal roadmap information such repeats, fines, D.S., D.C., codas have been used in preparing the worksheets to somewhat mirror the leadsheet in the Daily Ukulele book..

    Sections, Verse, Chorus, 1st, 2nd Ending, turnbacks …

    The worksheets will show 1st, 2nd Ending, turnbacks, etc. as in indicated the Yellow Book. You should start to recognize that 1st endings typically always return to a previous or verse or section. With a 2nd ending, a transition to a different section, a or chorus. Harmonic Principles are used for these repeats and transitions.

    If turnbacks chord are not indication for the these 1st, 2nd Ending will indicate recommended chord(s) in parentheses or as an alternate harmony in Red . Typically the last measures or turnbacks will be a chord that resolves to and harmonically leads you to the next section or turning you back to the same section.

    Reference Key

    This is the key of the source leadsheet.

    • Eight Days A Week is in 4/4 and the Key of F . The original is in the Key of A , Tempo: 138 bpm

    Harmonic Principles Used:

    Harmonic Analysis (HA) Worksheet

    Visit the Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection series of lessons for information on creating a Harmonic Analysis Worksheet

    ||: F
    G
    Bb
    F
    I
    IImaj
    IV
    I

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    F
    G
    Bb
    F
    I
    IImaj
    IV
    I

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    Dm
    Bb6
    Dm
    G
    VI
    IV
    VI
    IImaj

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    F
    G
    Bb
    F :||
    I
    IImaj
    IV
    I

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    ||: C(no 3rd)
    C(no 3rd)
    Dm
    Dm
    V
    VI

    C(no 3rd) is more often, mis-named and called C5 , a Power 5 chord. Which, technically is not a chord but a Dyad .

    G
    G
    Bb6
    C
    IImaj
    IV
    V
    F
    G
    Bb
    F
    I
    IImaj
    IV
    I

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    F
    G
    Bb
    F
    I
    IImaj
    IV
    I

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    Dm
    Bb6
    Dm
    G
    VI
    IV
    VI
    IImaj

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    F
    G
    Bb
    F :||
    I
    IImaj
    IV
    I

    G Ionian/Pentatonic

    Notice there is a lot of repetitive four measure/bar harmonic cells.

    Ending

    Bb
    F
    Bb
    F
    IV
    I
    IV
    I

    See the Performance Notes below for the Into and Ending. For the ending sustain the last F .

    Scale Selection

    Once a Harmonic Analysis has been completed then scale selections can be made. These scale selections can be either vertical and horizontal choices. And, really only needed if you are going to take a solo or embellish the melody with added notes.

    Scale Abbreviation Legend

    Traditional Scale Names: Maj: Major, Dim: Diminished, WT: Whole Tone, Pent: Major Pentatonic,
    Scale Mode Names: Ion: Ionian, Dor: Dorian, Phrygian: Phrygian, Lyd: Lydian, Mix: Mixolydian, Aeol: Aeolian, Loc: Locrian

    Scale Abbreviation Legend

    Traditional Scales: Maj: Major (Ionian), Dim: Diminished, WT: Whole Tone, Har Min: Harmonic Minor,
    Contemporary Scales: Minor Pent: Minor Pentatonic, Pent: Major Pentatonic, Blues,
    Scale/Mode Names: Ion: Ionian (Major), Dor: Dorian (Minor), Phrygian: Phrygian, Lyd: Lydian, Mix: Mixolydian (Dominant), Aeol: Aeolian (Natural Minor), Loc: Locrian

    Checkout LESSONSeries : Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection or download the Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection book. And the QuickStart Series of Scale and Arpeggio books.

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    Performance Notes

    Intro, Ending

    For the ending le the F sustain on beat one.

    Standard Music Notation shows a Low G, C Tuning - TAB is C Tuning agnostic, works for either.

    C Tuning, Low or High G

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