Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) Guitar Lesson with TAB

Brown Eyed Girl + TAB
In this guitar lesson, we use TAB for how to incorporate the intro riff and breakdown bass into one acoustic guitar part. We also work out all the strumming!


Brown Eyed Girl | TAB


Let’s look at some TAB for how to play that intro, with the licks on just one acoustic guitar.

Brown Eyed Girl TAB, intro.

If you played this on the electric, with a band, you’d add the sus4 at the same time as the 9, but on the acoustic as only one part, this didn’t work so I just kept the important note, the 9th.

When I wrote out Brown Eyed Girl with chords and lyrics, it came out like this

||: G (Gadd9) | C (Cadd9) | G (Gadd9) | D (Dadd4) :||

You could argue that it should be G Gadd9 G Gadd9 in bar one, etc as this is what happens. Writing the chord in brackets indicates that you add it and then take it away.

You could also argue that it should just be a Gadd9 as this is what happens overall in the bar. Music theory is not an exact science…

Here’s the verse in TAB. Make sure you play exactly as it says.

Brown Eyed Girl TAB, verse.


We play the first line on repeat four times. Pay attention to the exact strings notated. There’s a big first strum, then higher strings, then lower. We use open strings on the 4+ beat.

After repeating that line four times, the chords change and so does the strumming. For example, the C chord is played differently, the second time hinting at the melody on beat 3+.

The D5/A is an attempt to maintain a big-sounding chord, a bass player would still play a D.

The final D chord after the repeat uses a 3 against 4 rhythm to build anticipation for the chorus, which looks like this:

Brown Eyed Girl TAB, chorus.

Notice how the first strum, compared to the verse, is now just a bass note. Beat 4+ is still always open strings to get you to the next chord.

Here’s the breakdown section, practice this slowly before you play along with the original recording.

Brown Eyed Girl TAB, breakdown.


Brown Eyed Girl TAB | Related Pages


Brown Eyed Girl | Chords + Lyrics

Brown Eyed Girl chords.

You can learn how to play Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, a chord chart, and the original recording.

G | C | G | D |
Hey, where did we go? Days when the rains came…


Beginner Acoustic Course

This Brown Eyed Girl guitar lesson is part of Spytunes Beginner Acoustic Guitar Course.

In the Beginner Acoustic Course, you’ll learn how to play nine complete tunes using in-depth video lessons, full TAB, and loops to practice along with.

Most importantly, we’ll develop 2nd guitar parts so you can play with me, the singer, and understand each song more deeply.



Five Similar Tunes | Chords + Lyrics

When you can play the TAB for Brown Eyed Girl, try these five tunes from the song book.

Van Morrison tunes

Van Morrison wrote Brown Eyed Girl.

Starting in his native Northern Ireland with the band Them, Van Morrison’s solo career began with one of the worst record deals in the history of the business.

His best-known tunes include Gloria, Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Crazy Love, Into The Mystic, and Have I Told You Lately.



Van Morrison on the web

Listen to Van Morrison on Spotify.

About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson and TAB about Brown Eyed Girl.

This guitar lesson by Dan Lundholm features TAB and covers Brown Eyed Girl. Discover more about him and how you can learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.


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