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The Beatles song, about “Dr Feel Good”  the pill pushing doc, is written in the key of A. The key center is B, so the song is in the B  mixolydian mode. The chords in the song are A7 and D/E, at least on the first page of the sheet music. Can someone shed some light on why  the key center is B.

 

 

 

 

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I will take a shot . the song is in the key of A . B is the key center. That makes the song in A Mixolydian Mode. Which is B. A7 chord matches The B note Better then The A Chord . But you can not change the Key to B. Because all the notes would have to be changed. and it would be B mixolydian Mode. Which is C. B Mixolydian mode Sounds better over the A7 Chord.and there is no A7 Note on the guitar. Just a A7 chord. Thats my Guess. 

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Thanks,

I was thinking, since the chord progression didn’t start on the one chord (A) that it might be the reason it was a modal progression. I had’t given much though to the melody notes, since they don’t appear to make a difference.They are chord tones.

Edit.... Looking through the Beatle’s complete song book I see that the original song started with A7, F#7.The V chord in B mixolldian is F#7. Another chord in the progression was the B. I now realize the mistake of just looking at on-line sheet music sites.

 

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Triple O,

Do you have a recording of it I could hear?  A YouTube video perhaps.  If I can hear it then I can probably help you out with what is going on.

THanks,

STeve

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Steve, I came across this song on line. When I read the story behind the song it said it was written in the key of A, but the key center was B mixolydian. 

When I looked at some on- line sheet music,for the song, in the key of A, nothing seemed to explain why the key center was B mixolydian.

Finally, I found the song in a Beatle’s song book. I realized all the original  chords were in fact from the B mixolydian mode.

The on-line sheet music was a different version of the song, even though it was in the key of A the chords weren’t the same as the original.

 

 

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