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#1
I was watching back to the future, and you know where marty plays johnny b. goode? His beginning dialog goes like this:

"alright gang, blues riff on B, watch me for the changes, and try to keep up."
and proceeds from there.

HOWEVER.

I'm almost positive that marty and the band are playing around A SHARP.

He's lucky as hell the band caught his mistake, or that could've been a disaster, and rock & roll would've never been invented. Careless bastard.

Discuss.
#3
1. A sharp is pretty darn close to B.
2. It's a movie.
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#4
It's a half step off...it's not really that big a mistake to catch, and considerably easier than had it been...say, a full step down...
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#6
You're right. But it's not a big deal since it was a movie. I like your sense of humor.

(And p.s. a semitone is the most dissonant interval, so it wouldn't have sounded too good.)
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#7
Professional musicians would have caught the mistake. Besides, it's blues. Half the fun is making mistakes.
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#9
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1. A sharp is pretty darn close to B.
2. It's a movie.


1. Something that chromatic, would sound terrible.

2. Yeah, It is just a movie.
#10
What if marty mcfly had a heart attack from how off the band was, and the guys from CSI miami were investigating?

Then horatio would say something like

"I guess johnny..." *puts on sunglasses* "...Isn't so good afterall."
YEAHHH!

...I'm sorry, I was reading that thread a little bit ago.
#11
Who cares, he's Marty McFly
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1. Something that chromatic, would sound terrible.

2. Yeah, It is just a movie.

Yet it's close enough that some out of tune instruments (or, say, tuned to Eb like several jazz/blues music) fix the problem.


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Back then most blues bands always played in Bb (A#) for horns. Just B became slang and it was understood to be in Bb. So...

^I'm gonna go with that explanation.
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#16
psh, marty mcsuper fly > marty mcfly

HE INVENTED THE THEME TO SHAFT, at least I think it was shaft, lol.
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#17
Watch carefully...

The VERY LAST NOTE is a bend/release, right before he gets up and says "I guess you guys aren't ready for that just yet... children like it blah blah blah"... Anyways, as the bend fades/releases, you can clearly see his finger isn't even moving. Better yet, his fingers aren't even in any position! So who cares if its A#, B or whatever. He isn't even playing it to begin with.

But Back to the Future is epic, so don't attack it.
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Back then most blues bands always played in Bb (A#) for horns. Just B became slang and it was understood to be in Bb. So...


yeah thats how it is in my jazz band too
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Back then most blues bands always played in Bb (A#) for horns. Just B became slang and it was understood to be in Bb. So...


First of all, that's in the context of marty mcfly, who wasn't FROM that time, so he wouldn't have that information in the first place.

Second of all, that wasn't a blues band.

...Third of all, it's a movie.

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Back then most blues bands always played in Bb (A#) for horns. Just B became slang and it was understood to be in Bb. So...

so...could you ever play in b then? because thats a pretty dumass way of shortening something, i mean, what lazy bastard cant be bothered to say flat?
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#22
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Did he actually play the guitar?


ya. Michael J Fox played it in the studio first, and then performed it in front of the camera.

and to ppl that said A# is close to B, and if the whole band plays in B except Marty in A#, that would sound TERRIBLE. seriously. have u played A# and B right next to each other on a piano? it's just HORRIBLE.
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so...could you ever play in b then? because thats a pretty dumass way of shortening something, i mean, what lazy bastard cant be bothered to say flat?

Man, they're playing the Blues, they've got enough problems without having to worry about pleasing random forumers from the future.
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so...could you ever play in b then? because thats a pretty dumass way of shortening something, i mean, what lazy bastard cant be bothered to say flat?

Jazz slang notoriously makes no sense at all.
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Man, they're playing the Blues, they've got enough problems without having to worry about pleasing random forumers from the future.

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#29
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Watch carefully...

The VERY LAST NOTE is a bend/release, right before he gets up and says "I guess you guys aren't ready for that just yet... children like it blah blah blah"... Anyways, as the bend fades/releases, you can clearly see his finger isn't even moving. Better yet, his fingers aren't even in any position! So who cares if its A#, B or whatever. He isn't even playing it to begin with.

But Back to the Future is epic, so don't attack it.

Somebody else recorded it. He just learned how to play guitar somewhat so he could "sync" with the music.

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#30
It depends on if the song is originally in B. Andres Segovia did a famous transcription of Bach's 1st Cello prelude in D, but the original prelude is in G. On CD's of Segovia's version, it's still titled "BWV 1007 - Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude in G Major".
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He should of played this Johnny B. Goode

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#33
I cried for days when i found out Michael J Fox didn't actually play it
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#34
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I was watching back to the future, and you know where marty plays johnny b. goode? His beginning dialog goes like this:

"alright gang, blues riff on B, watch me for the changes, and try to keep up."
and proceeds from there.

HOWEVER.

I'm almost positive that marty and the band are playing around A SHARP.

He's lucky as hell the band caught his mistake, or that could've been a disaster, and rock & roll would've never been invented. Careless bastard.

Discuss.




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#35
That might be the funniest thing I've read on UG.

Anywho. It's a movie. But you are funny.

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#36
A man who flies back in time in a Delorian, dates his future mother, gets accused of taking his father's wallet, AND saves the day can play in any key he wants, despite what he says he's playing in.
#39
He says blues riff in B, and like someone already said, a band at that time would have known he meant Bb.
The song is definitely played in Bb, both in the original and the BTTF version.

And to TS, A# is enharmonically the same as Bb, so yes, your listening observation was right.
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