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Brad Henecke

"Brown Eyed Girl"

Brad teaches "Brown Eyed Girl" by the Rolling Stones with easy, step-by-step instructions.

Taught by Brad Henecke in Rock Guitar with Brad Henecke seriesLength: 11:23Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:44) Introduction Brad plays through the verse and chorus parts to the classic Van Morrison song "Brown Eyed Girl." In this lesson, Brad will demonstrate how to play this basic song.
Chapter 2: (11:03) Intro to Brown Eyed Girl Intro

The intro to "Brown Eyed Girl" features a harmonized melody in the key of G major. Guitarist Keith Richards harmonizes the melody in diatonic thirds to create the intro's trademark sound. Frequently, melodies are harmonized in diatonic thirds or sixths to create a more full and colorful sound. When a scale is harmonized in thirds, each note of the major scale is paired with the note that is a third interval higher. For example, the first note in the G scale is obviously the root G. A is the note a second away from G. B is a third away from G. As a result, G is paired with B in a harmonization of the G major scale. The second note of the scale, A is paired with C. Basically, you are skipping over one note in the scale to find the note that is a third higher.

Note: Open the "Supplemental Content" tab for a full harmonization of the G major scale in diatonic thirds.

Playing the Intro

Note: Open the "Supplemental Content" tab for tablature to the intro section of the song. In the context of the song, the intro section is repeated twice.

Brad breaks the intro down into four individual sections. Notice how each of the four sections are slightly isolated in the tablature. The first and third sections are identical. Brad begins the first section by barring his first finger across the G and B strings. The remainder of the double stops in the first intro section are played by the third and second fingers. Notice how Brad adds a little flair by adding a slide to the section.

The second section of the intro features a harmonization of the G scale on the B and E strings. The first double stop shape is played with the second and first finger. The other figures in this section are played with the third and first finger.

The third section is a repeat of the first. The intro section ends with a brief lick that implies the dominant chord D. This dominant chord transitions the tune into the verse section.

Verse

The verse section consists entirely of strummed open chords. However, if you have the opportunity to play this song with another guitarist, one guitarist should strum the chords while the other arpeggiates them. This will give the verse a rich, full sound. Brad demonstrates how to properly arpeggiate each chord at 6:36.

The first line of the verse chord progression uses the I, IV, and V chords in the key of G. These chords are G, C, and D. Over the D chord, Brad occasionally alternates between a regular D chord and a Dsus4. Start with the normal D chord shape. Then, add the pinky finger to the 3rd fret of the high E string. This forms a Dsus4 chord.

Each chord is strummed for one measure using the rhythm 1 2+ (3)+ 4+. No strum occurs on beat three. A tie carries over to beat three from the "+" of beat 2.

Once the second line of the verse is reached, the vi chord (Em) is added to the progression. Since this chord is the only minor chord, and it rarely appears in the progression, accenting the first downstrum of the measure adds some needed dramatic effect. Also, a nice lick can be added to the G chord in the measure that precedes Em to further spice things up.

Note: Open the "Supplemental Content" tab for tablature to this lick.

Congratulations! You have now mastered the keys parts to "Brown Eyed Girl." Stay tuned for another great classic rock lesson from Brad Henecke.



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hamelrickhamelrick replied on January 1st, 2017

This is not the correct way to play the intro. It is played no the 1st and 3rd strings and played with fingers.

hamelrickhamelrick replied on January 1st, 2017

This is not the correct way to play the intro. It is played no the 1st and 3rd strings and played with fingers.

hamelrickhamelrick replied on January 1st, 2017

This is not the correct way to play the intro. It is played no the 1st and 3rd strings and played with fingers.

hamelrickhamelrick replied on January 1st, 2017

This is not the correct way to play the intro. It is played no the 1st and 3rd strings and played with fingers.

bam711711bam711711 replied on July 29th, 2014

THANKS BRAD CLASSIC SONG YOU DO A GREAT JOB OF TEAC HING

george.hopper2@gmail.com[email protected] replied on July 3rd, 2014

The Stones never did this song. Van Morrison, of course, did this song and had a huge hit with it. I don't think the Stones have ever even played it live but I know they never recorded it. You may want to amend your listings. Good lesson though.

sherry1352sherry1352 replied on September 5th, 2012

Thank you so much!

scootsscoots replied on June 3rd, 2012

My computer stops and starts when I try to play your videos. How can I correct this?

ephodzenephodzen replied on December 14th, 2008

I like the way Brad teaches. Great song. I was easier than I thought

wicktanawicktana replied on November 11th, 2010

This was one of those songs that my pride kept me from learning many years ago. I was so sure that I could figure the lead out, I refused to allow the intellegent thing to do; allow someone to show you. It seemed such an easy lick that I couldn't admit failure until today. While having the second part of the lead prettey much down, for some reason I couldn't find those first few lines. Thank God I gave up trying and watched this lesson, which still made me wonder why I didn't think of the way it was done. I think I'm as proud of learning the intro to Brown eyed girl as I am the ending to Hotel California, even though Hotel California is in a far advanced category.

SkillsSkills replied on December 19th, 2008

Hey;) great lesson. Would realy like it if you had made som more of this kind of lesson. You know, you learn us a song that we can also sing to.

jboothjbooth replied on December 20th, 2008

Check out the "singing with guitar" series with Steve Eulberg and Mark Lincoln, they both cover this :)

m toddm todd replied on March 1st, 2008

Another great lesson, well done. one non-guitar related correction- the info section gives credit to The Rolling Stones and this is a Van Morrison song. I don't know if The Stones even covered it.

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"Brown Eyed Girl"

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From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (www.craig-erickson.com).

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).

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