The Beatles Accomplishments

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The Beatles were clever and abnormally demanding in the ways they shaped and elaborated their musical ideas. Each Beatle had a different personal style; Paul McCartney, having a natural melodic temperament voiced his romantic- sentimental confidence in a wide range of tunes that were capable of being sung or whistled without musical support (Studwell & Lonergan). His harmonic designs were the most stylish in the Beatles’ repertoire, often demonstrating classical grace and formal composure. John Lennon on the other hand preferred lines close to the narrow span of speech-inflections, depended on harmonic context to emphasize color and emotional power. Lennon-McCartney became the house name for original song writing and in many cases succeeded…show more content…
Guitar Feedback The first use of guitar feedback was an accident, it began as a guitar accidentally being placed on an amplifier and later perfected to be included live on stage by John Lennon. During the recording of “I Feel Fine”, McCartney plucked the A-string on his bass guitar which produced a feedback note tone that was picked up on Lennon’s semi acoustic guitar becoming the first feedback recorded on a rock and roll record (Lewisohn). In The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn describes concerts where Lennon would turn to face the amplifiers during a solo to get the feedback effect; which could be defined that feedback was not restricted to the beginning of a song. The Beatles continued to emphasize feedback on later songs; for example, “It’s All Too Much”, begins with constant guitar feedback. A Classical…show more content…
Today studios use SMPTE time codes to help synchronize tape machines. During the recording of “ A Day in the Life”, Townsend synchronized two machines to make extra tracks available for recording the orchestra. He used a 50Hz tone on the remaining track on one machine and used that tone to control the second machine’s speed (Lewisohn). In today’s use of a SMPTE controlled recorder, it provides a mechanism so that the second tape will automatically line up with the master tape and synchronize the start and stop of each recording. With the sample tone used in “ A Day in the Life”, the beginning position had to be marked with a wax pencil on both machines, the operator had to line the marks by eye, and attempt to push play and record simultaneously (Emerick & Mussey). . This technique was semi-successful, often when sound engineers attempted to use the synchronized tapes on different machines; the synchronization was some times lost. This was the first time in a major recording studio that tape machines have been used to synchronize (Emerick & Mussey). Backwards

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