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Old 02-17-2017, 09:39 AM
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Name that tune in one note

I would guess most dopers could correctly identify the Beatles tune "A Hard Day's Night" hearing no more than the first chord. I know I can. Are there any other songs you feel confident you could identify hearing only the first note (or chord)?
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:40 AM
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:47 AM
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Hell's Bells by AC/DC. The opening gong gives it away.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:58 AM
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Hell's Bells by AC/DC. The opening gong gives it away.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg92QpjRcJk

(yes, I know the timbre is different, but you have to remember which is which)

I could probably give you "Painkiller" by Judas Priest, either by the very first drum hit, or the guitar slide after the intro.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:16 AM
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:25 AM
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If we're using the actual recordings, yeah. I can do this with dozens, of songs, possibly hundreds. There's so much more information than the actual note. The first two that come to mind are The Nazz' "Open My Eyes" and Dick Dale's "Misiorlu"*

Now, if someone's covering the song (such as the orchestra used to do on the game show we're referencing), that's harder. If I don't have the timbre of the original instrument and the production of the original recording as hints, my accuracy is going to go way down.




*Which is started with a single note, not like the cheaters naming songs that start with chords. Chords are at least three notes, people!
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:31 AM
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Hell's Bells by AC/DC. The opening gong gives it away.
Came in here to say just that.

"The Spirit of Radio" from Rush has a unique opening.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:34 AM
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If we're using the actual recordings, yeah. I can do this with dozens, of songs, possibly hundreds. There's so much more information than the actual note. The first two that come to mind are The Nazz' "Open My Eyes" and Dick Dale's "Misiorlu"*

Now, if someone's covering the song (such as the orchestra used to do on the game show we're referencing), that's harder. If I don't have the timbre of the original instrument and the production of the original recording as hints, my accuracy is going to go way down.




*Which is started with a single note, not like the cheaters naming songs that start with chords. Chords are at least three notes, people!
Sounds about right. I flash on whole songs based on a millisecond flip-past on the radio (yes, I'm old and listen to the radio).
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:35 AM
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:59 AM
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:15 AM
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No music man am I but Rhapsody in Blue starts off pretty memorably. I don't know if that's technically one note though.

I'd also be able to name several REM songs, Driver 8 being the easiest.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:02 PM
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:10 PM
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Sounds about right. I flash on whole songs based on a millisecond flip-past on the radio (yes, I'm old and listen to the radio).
Oh yeah, I'm still an avid radio listener, and spin the dial like mad. My mom used to be surprised that I could recognize a song from such a short snippet. I suspect she could do the same thing, but just wasn't familiar with the songs.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:13 PM
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I was at a college choir/band concert once where one of the songs was "Oronoco Flow" (most famously recorded by Enya). I recognized it on the first chord.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:37 PM
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I would guess most dopers could correctly identify the Beatles tune "A Hard Day's Night" hearing no more than the first chord. I know I can. Are there any other songs you feel confident you could identify hearing only the first note (or chord)?
Sure. First note: Same band, same year. I Feel Fine

Edit: First chord: Greig Piano Concerto in A minor.

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Old 02-17-2017, 01:00 PM
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I think most people have more of these than they might think.

For me, off the top of my head:


Barney Miller opening
Beatles - Day Tripper, Revolution, Helter Skelter, and those previously mentioned
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Band - The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

And those are just the Bs.


mmm
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:01 PM
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There are a few live recordings that I can recognize by the crowd sound before the music even starts. Such as Frampton's Baby I Love Your Way. I think I may have heard them a few too many times.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:12 PM
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:13 PM
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If we're using the actual recordings, yeah. I can do this with dozens, of songs, possibly hundreds. There's so much more information than the actual note. The first two that come to mind are The Nazz' "Open My Eyes" and Dick Dale's "Misiorlu"*

Now, if someone's covering the song (such as the orchestra used to do on the game show we're referencing), that's harder. If I don't have the timbre of the original instrument and the production of the original recording as hints, my accuracy is going to go way down.




*Which is started with a single note, not like the cheaters naming songs that start with chords. Chords are at least three notes, people!
On the show they use a piano for the notes. To identify a song with one note you would have to recognize what key the song is in because the first note is usually the Tonic.
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there used to be a game show called Name That Tune. contestants would "bid" on how few notes they could name a song with. The catch was the song for each clue was played by an in-studio orchestra, not the original recordings. The few times someone said they could name a song in one note, they already knew what it was just based on the clue(s.)

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Old 02-17-2017, 01:43 PM
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The Lowry organ trill at the beginning of Baba O'Riley should qualify...along with the opening blast of Won't Get Fooled Again.

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Old 02-17-2017, 03:03 PM
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there used to be a game show called Name That Tune. contestants would "bid" on how few notes they could name a song with. The catch was the song for each clue was played by an in-studio orchestra, not the original recordings. The few times someone said they could name a song in one note, they already knew what it was just based on the clue(s.)
Great moment from that show: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x32t3zq

Before this decorated war hero orbited the earth, became a US Senator, or returned to space as a 77 year old, he was a game show contestant on this show.
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On the show they use a piano for the notes. To identify a song with one note you would have to recognize what key the song is in because the first note is usually the Tonic.
And, even then, there's a good possibility that the melody does not start on the tonic at all, but rather the third, or the fifth. (It could start on pretty much anything, but those three notes would comprise I would guess 90+% of melodies.) And even knowing that the starting note is the tonic does not produce one unique key. It could be major, or minor. There simply is no way to identify a song with one piano note played on a random piano (so not the actual recording) and no other context.
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There simply is no way to identify a song with one piano note played on a random piano (so not the actual recording) and no other context.
Well, does 4'33" count?
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Nitpicking here. Every song (Cage being the exception *) begins with one note, if you mean "pitch." Many of the answers here are referring to a chord or a particular sound -- timbre -- not a pitch. A sound can give away things a single pitch cannot.

* Although one might argue that Cage's 4'33" is not a song, since it lacks all of the three common song elements: melody, rhythm, and harmony.

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the downbeat that kicks off Like A Rolling Stone.
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Well, does 4'33" count?
I did thibk about that, wondering if there is a waggish answer out there, but decided it didn't count as it doesn't have any note. I said one note.

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ok I'll cheat - first three notes of Bach's Fugue in D Minor.
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I was at a college choir/band concert once where one of the songs was "Oronoco Flow" (most famously recorded by Enya). I recognized it on the first chord.
See the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A particularly... memorable use of that song.
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ok I'll cheat - first three notes of Bach's Fugue in D Minor.
I wonder iif you mean the Toccata, although the first three notes of the fugue are the same.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the downbeat that kicks off Like A Rolling Stone.
I know! How does it feel?
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There are a few live recordings that I can recognize by the crowd sound before the music even starts. Such as Frampton's Baby I Love Your Way. I think I may have heard them a few too many times.
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Not a song, but Debussy's La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin. Hear a piano strike the Dflat, and it couldn't be anything else, AFAIK.
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Not a song, but Debussy's La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin. Hear a piano strike the Dflat, and it couldn't be anything else, AFAIK.
and go up a semi-tone and you've got "Fur Elise"
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