"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
As further follow-up to the minor dominants discussed in the past week, there's one more song that makes significant use of the minor dominant chord: "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Paul's comments on "From Me To You" (see my post from Nov 17) reveal his fascination with the minor dominant chord. He was apparently quite pleased with it, because he and Lennon used it again in "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
Here are MIDI examples, again, to show the difference: First with the minor dominant, the second with an altered major dominant. This difference, however, is much, much more subtle than the previous MIDI examples (see blogs from 11/17 and 11/22) because even though it's the same difference (side-by-side comparisons of the same passage, one using a major dominant, the other using a minor dominant), the melody in "I Want to Hold Your Hand" does not reinforce this difference. In other words, the melodies in "From Me To You" and "Do You Want to Know a Secret" change when the underlying chord structure changes, thus making those differences very easy to hear; but in "I Want to Hold Your Hand", the melody is identical regardless of what quality of dominant chord is used, thus making the difference in dominant quality much less discernible.
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