“Within You Without You” is a modal song written by George Harrison, released on The Beatles’ 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song is mostly in Mixolydian mode. It centers around a C# major chord, but the notes used are from the F# major scale. This produces the C# Mixolydian modal scale. C# is the fifth of F# and Mixolydian is the fifth mode of the major scale. Get your guitar out and play F# major scale patterns right over this track. Be sure to emphasize the root, third and fifth of the C# major chord, C# E# G#.
Guitar Modes and Theory
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