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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

OK...Here's yet another classic from the sixties, you need four simple chords for this one....and the intro and the fills aren't too hard either....

Intro....

E|----------------12-13-15-13-12---------------------------|
B|-12-13-15-13-12-13-15-17-15-13-12-13-15-13-12-10------10-|
G|-12-14-16-14-12----------------12-14-16-14-12----11-12---|
D|----------------------------------------------12---------|

(Repeat)

Verse 1.....

(G) Hey where did (C)we go, (G)days when the (D7)rains came,
(G)Down in the (C)hollow, (G)playin' a (D7)new game,
(G)Laughin' and a (C)runnin', hey hey, (G)skippin' and a (D7)jumping,
(G)In the misty (C)morning fog with our, (G)our (D7)hearts a-thumpin',
And (C)you, (D7)my brown-eyed (G)girl, (Em)(C)yeah, you, my (D7)brown-eyed (G)girl,(D7)

(Note....instead of the D7 chord to lead into the second verse, you could play this little fill....)

E|-10-10-8-7-5-|
B|-------------|
G|-11-11-9-7-5-|

Verse 2.....

(G)Now whatever (C)happened, (G)to Tuesday and (D7)so slow,
(G)Going down the (C)old mine, with a (G)transistor (D7)radio,
(G)Standin' in the (C)sunlight laughin', (G)hidin' behind a (D7)rainbow's wall,
(G)Slippin' and a-(C)slidin', (G)all along the (D7)waterfall with you,
(C)(D7)My brown-eyed (G)girl,(Em)(C) you, my (D7)brown-eyed (G)girl,

E|-10-10-8-7-5-|
B|-------------|
G|-11-11-9-7-7-|

(The 5th and 7th strings plucked together are the start of the D7 sequence coming up next.....)

(Chorus)

(D7)Do you remember when, we used to (G)sing,
(G)Sha la-la, (C)la-la la-la, (G)la-la la-la te (D7)dah,
Just like (G)that,
(G)Sha la-la, (C)la-la la-la, (G)la-la la-la te (D7)dah,
La te (G) dah.

Then there's a bit of a bass interlude which goes something like this.....

E|-3/-3-3/-3-3/-3-3-0-3-0

(play one G note, short pause, two G notes fairly quickly together, short pause, two G notes again, short pause, two G's again then E/G/E without a pause after the two G's...)
(Repeat)

then....

D|-----------2-0-----0------------|
A|-------2-3-----3-2--3-2-0-------|
E|-3-3-3--------------------2-3-0-

(Repeat)

Third verse.....

(G)So hard to (C)find my way,(G)now that I'm (D7)all on my own,
(G)Saw you just the (C)other day, (G)my, how (D7)you have grown,
(G)Cast my memory (C)bck there, Lord, (G)sometimes I'm overcome (D7)thinkin' about it,
(G)Laughin' and a (C)runnin', hey hey, (G)behind the (D7)stadium with you,
(C)(D7)My brown-eyed (G)girl,(Em)(C) you, my (D7)brown-eyed (G)girl,

(Repeat chorus several times....and fade.....)

This is yet another one that always goes down well in the pub.....so have a couple of beers, pick that guitar up and get practising.....

Vic.

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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(@mitchell)
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Thanks for the tab. A question, what's the strumming pattern?


   
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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I'm not too good on strumming patterns....I can hear them in my head but I have a mental block when it comes to putting them on paper.... anyone wants to chip in, you'd be more than welcome....

Vic

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(@dogsbody)
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Hi Vic,

This is a good one, I learn't it quite soon after The Eagles`Take It Easy'

Like yourself I find strumming patterns just come in my head.

Your right about it being a good pub song. A couple of guys down at our local at the end of the street often played it on electro acoustic and bass and it always went down well.

Cheers

Chris

p.s.

Bloody hell! I'm a GN full member, about time I learnt to play guitar!

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


   
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(@anonymous)
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Great TAB thanks.
Seems to sound good to me with a D,D,UDU pattern.


   
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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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When I play it I use this strumming pattern:

[D - D U - U D U]

Nice tab btw Vic.


   
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(@mitchell)
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Thanks for the replys.
A quick, probly off topic, question: When trying to figure out strumming patterns is it better to just go with what feels natrual?


   
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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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To me: yes. If it sounds good, it is good. You might occasionally bump into some diehard Dylan fanatic, but who cares about those people anyway.


   
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(@jonnyt)
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GREAT TUNE - ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES.

Here's how I do the intro... and also makes a great alterntative to the short bass solo, and can be used as an outro too.

INTRO: 2X
1/e -7--8-10--8--7---12-13-15-13-12---7-—8-10--8-7-------------
2/b -8-10-12-10--8---13-15-17-15-13---8-10-12-10-8--10--7-8-10-
3/g ------------------------------------------------11--7-9-11-

And here's the two fills if you have someone playing guitar with you. One Vic already showed you...
FILL 1: FILL 2:
1/e –------------------ --10-10-8-7-5----
2/b –8-10-8-7-5-0-3-5-- --xx-xx-x-x-x----
3/g –------------------ --11-11-9-7-5----

Here's where they go... last line of verses 1, 2 & 3.
MY BROWN EYED GIRL.(fill 1) YOU MY, BROWN EYED GIRL.(fill 2)

BASS SOLO FOR GUITAR: (option is to play intro lick once)
5/a –10--10-10--10-10--10-10---------------7-9-10------------------
6/e --------------------------3-3-5-7-8-8----------7-8-10--2-3-5-3-

E doesn't = MC2, E = Fb

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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nice one jonnyt....that's what this site is all about, co-operation and adding to everyone's musical knowledge....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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Hey Vic,

Thanks for the tab... this is the third song that I learned, but I could never find a tab for the bass parts, so I always felt something was missing from the song.

Great work and thanks


   
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(@rob-l)
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Nice job Vic & jonnyt. Great song and I love the intro. I remember trying this when it was first posted and having trouble with the timing. But we did this song in my lesson last night and now I can't stop playing it. I'll be glad to give this one a bump up the list.

Well I got this guitar and I'm tryin' to learn how to make it talk.


   
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(@maxrumble)
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Nice work Vic, well laid out.

And nice addition Johnny.

Cheers,

Max


   
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(@biker_jim_uk)
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ok, more rubbish newguy Qs :oops:
I can play the chords in the pattern mentioned but it sometimes seems too amny strums to fit the words. Is there any chance of a bit more explanation of the strumming,please? Especially line 5 of the verse, thanks


   
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(@tkn_dk)
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I do a D D du du stroke I think. Maybe D du du du. I'd have to get my guitar and check, but either is probably good.

For the fifth line I do:
And (C)you, (D7) [one stroke, let ring] my brown-eyed (G) [pick up strumming again] girl, (Em)(C)yeah, you, my (D7) [one stroke, let ring] brown-eyed (G) [strumming again] girl,(D7)

Hope that helps, but bear in mind that that's just how I play it, so you may be happier doing a different way.

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