As a follow-up to my blog from the other day on how The Beatles used flat mediant chords, this one examines how The Beatles use mediant chords.
The most common mediant chord is the minor mediant (iii), which, being heard 282 times in 46 songs, is the 9th most common chord The Beatles used. If you really want the nitty gritty blow-by-blow account, here's a PDF documenting every single one of those 282 iiis:
For those who would rather skip the details and cut to the good stuff, here's how those minor mediants are approached (the chords immediately preceding) and how they progress (what chord comes immediately next), represented via pie graphs:
The next most commonly used mediant is the major mediant (III), heard 62 times in 18 tracks, making it the 15th most frequently used chord in The Beatles' catalog.
Here's documentation for every single one of those 62 IIIs:
And the corresponding graphs:
In the meantime, I continue even further south and a little west to enter Louisiana for the first time in my life, making The Pelican State the 30th of the 50 United States to host one of my programs. I will be participating in a friendly debate with the excellent and authoritative Beatles author Bruce Spizer regarding whether or not John Kennedy's assassination had any influence of The Beatles' meteoric rise to fame in the US a few months later.
Thursday, 26 January 2017, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tangipahoa Parish Library, 314 E. Thomas St, Hammond, LA
From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America
Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute program will explain how and why.
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