Brown Eyed Girl was one of the first ever videos I ever taught – and if you check out my Youtube channel you’ll find the original videos I filmed several years ago.
Those videos were based on lines that I used to play at gigs…and if you’ve ever gigged a line multiple times over a reasonable period of time you might be familiar with the line that you play changing and evolving over time.
Recently I went back to the original of Brown Eyed Girl for a number of reasons to have a listen to the original bass line and decided that I would transcribe most of it and film it in the new picture in picture style.
So we’re going to look at five sections today: the intro,; verse 1; verse 2; the chorus and the interlude. To complete the song repeat verse 2 (with variations if you’re feeling adventurous) and the chorus. And on the original recording the chorus repeats and fades.
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Here are the different sections of the song:
2. Verse 1
3. Verse 2
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Brown Eyed Girl was written by Van Morrison and recorded in March 1967. The bass player on the original recording is a guy called Russ Savakus. It’s a song played by working bands the world over and it’s often played with a rockier vibe. So if you’re learning this tune for your band – and you know it’s going to be a bit rockier – then you can start with the original line and vary it up. The simplest way of making the line rockier is to use rhythmic replacement (for example, replace a quarter note with two eighth notes) – that has the added benefit of keeping the connection to the original bass line too!