Brown Eyed Girl

Harmonic Analysis Worksheet (RMA/HA)

Published: 13 Mar 2023 Updated: 06 Nov 2023Visits: 39Code: ULHA-YB-39

INSTRUMENTS: Harmonic-Analysis Main: Any Others: Ukulele ANY
Subjects: Theory • Progressions • Harmony • Analysis • Rma

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Brown Eyed Girl


Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: Brown Eyed Girl.

Released: March 1967

Brown Eyed Girl is a song by Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison. Written by Morrison and recorded in March 1967 for Bang Records owner and producer Bert Berns, it was released as a single in June of the same year on the Bang label, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song spent a total of sixteen weeks on the chart. It featured the Sweet Inspirations singing back-up vocals and is considered to be Van Morrison's signature song.

Originally titled Brown-Skinned Girl, Morrison changed it to "Brown Eyed Girl" when he recorded it. Morrison remarked on the title change: "That was just a mistake. It was a kind of Jamaican song. Calypso. It just slipped my mind [that] I changed the title. After we'd recorded it, I looked at the tape box and didn't even notice that I'd changed the title. I looked at the box where I'd lain it down with my guitar and it said 'Brown Eyed Girl' on the tape box. It's just one of those things that happen." (wikiwand) ·

(wikiwand) · 18 second sample of Brown Eyed Girl from Van Morrison's 1067 album Blowin' Your Mind!.

Intro : Key of C

Low G, C Tuning

Harmonic Analysis (HA) Worksheet

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Brown Eyed Girl…

Brown Eyed Girl is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

Chords

C F G7 Am

Theses and many other chords where covered in the Learn A Chord A Day series of lessons.

C Tuning Chords

Starting Melody Note and 1st Interval

  • Start on Root ↓ M2.
  • INTERVALS: Root=note that begins a scale of the starting key; C is C, D is D, Am is a, Em is E, etc... m=minor; M=Major; P=Perfect; D=Diminished; A=Augmented. • ↑ is up/ascending; ↓ is down/descending;

    Harmonic Analysis (HA)

    A Harmonic Analysis (RMA/HA) and its worksheet are intended to show the function of the chords, the harmonic principles used, the keys and tonalities the song explores. And, can be used for scale selections and chord and scale substitutions.

    A Harmonic Analysis Worksheet is NOT intended to be a leadsheet and minimal roadmap information such repeats, fines, D.S., D.C., codas have been used in preparing the worksheets to somewhat mirror the leadsheet in the Daily Ukulele book..

    Sections, Verse, Chorus, 1st, 2nd Ending, turnbacks …

    The worksheets will show 1st, 2nd Ending, turnbacks, etc. as in indicated the Yellow Book. You should start to recognize that 1st endings typically always return to a previous or verse or section. With a 2nd ending, a transition to a different section, a or chorus. Harmonic Principles are used for these repeats and transitions.

    If turnbacks chord are not indication for the these 1st, 2nd Ending will indicate recommended chord(s) in parentheses or as an alternate harmony in Red . Typically the last measures or turnbacks will be a chord that resolves to and harmonically leads you to the next section or turning you back to the same section.

    Reference Key

    This is the key of the source leadsheet.

    Harmonic Principles Used:

    Harmonic Analysis (HA) Worksheet

    Visit the Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection series of lessons for information on creating a Harmonic Analysis Worksheet

    4x

    C
    F
    C
    G7
    I
    IV
    I
    V
    C
    Am
    F
    G7
    I
    VI
    I
    V
    C
    G7
    G7
    G7
    I
    V
    V
    V
    C
    F
    C
    G7
    I
    IV
    I
    V
    1.,2.
    3.
    C
    F
    C
    I
    IV
    1

    Scale Selection

    Once a Harmonic Analysis has been completed then scale selections can be made. These scale selections can be either vertical and horizontal choices. And, really only needed if you are going to take a solo or embellish the melody with added notes.

    Scale Abbreviation Legend

    Traditional Scales: Maj: Major (Ionian), Dim: Diminished, WT: Whole Tone, Har Min: Harmonic Minor,
    Contemporary Scales: Minor Pent: Minor Pentatonic, Pent: Major Pentatonic, Blues,
    Scale/Mode Names: Ion: Ionian (Major), Dor: Dorian (Minor), Phrygian: Phrygian, Lyd: Lydian, Mix: Mixolydian (Dominant), Aeol: Aeolian (Natural Minor), Loc: Locrian

    Checkout LESSONSeries : Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection or download the Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection book. And the QuickStart Series of Scale and Arpeggio books.

    RMA book cover QS1UKES book cover

    Performance Notes

    It's good to be able to play any song in any key. Which can be a daunting task. However, there are a few songs from the Daily Ukulele book that are more popular in another key. Brown Eyed Girl is one song where it is good to know how to play it in the original of Key of G . Especially if you jam with guitar players — They'll prefer the original key.

    Intro Key of C (Daily Ukulele Book)

    Low G, C Tuning

    High G, C Tuning

    Intro Key of G (Original)

    Log G, C Tuning

    Chorus Key of C

    Low G, C Tuning

    Chorus Key of G (Original Recording)

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