Moondance

Title song on Van Morrison's 1970 album Moondance.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 09 Mar 2020Visits: 155Code: UL513

Topic: Rock Instruments: leadsheet ukulele playalong ANY Subjects: Modal • Repertoire

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Moondance

Moondance is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter an Morrison and is the title song on his 1970 album Moondance. Morrison did not release the song as a single until November 1977, seven and a half years after the album was released. It reached the Billboard Hot 100, charting at #92. The single's B-side, "Cold Wind in August" had been released in the same year, on his latest album at the time, A Period of Transition.

Morrison did not release the song as a single until November 1977, seven and a half years after the album was released. It reached the Billboard Hot 100, charting at #92. The single's B-side, "Cold Wind in August" had been released in the same year, on his latest album at the time, A Period of Transition.

Moondance is in the The Daily Ukulele — Leap Year Edition 366 Songs for Better Living book.

"Moondance" is the most frequently played song by Morrison in concert, as it is the only song known to have been played over a thousand times.

Common Keys: A Dorian
First Melodic Interval: P5M2. Starts on the perfect fifth and them up a major second. Gotta start the melody in the same key as the song. ;-)

Performance Notes for Moondance

Here is how I remember the melody of Moondance:

  • A Dorian - First section
  • A Aeolian - Second section

One hard part of the song is keeping track of the 16 measures of the Am7 to Bm7. If your are not singing Moondance yourself, simply counting the bars (4 at a time) really helps.

Web Resources

Moondance — Premium Play-along Track

This is the original key of A Dorian. On ukulele I have a solo arrangement in Cm that I use when performing.

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Here is a Demo of Desafinado to get an idea of the quality of these custom play-along tracks.

Play-along Demo: Desafinado

DesafinadoPremium Play-along Track with Guitar Melody Played


I, (Curt) originally created these tracks to perform over for gigs and this was a demo for booking gigs.

These Premium Play-along Tracks are available to LearningUkulele.com Site Members and are my personal one-of-kind tracks I (Curt) and Chuck Anderson recorded and arranged.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

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Moondance - A Dorian, Chord Chart

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Moondance - Play-along Track, A Dorian

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Moondance - C Dorian, Lead Sheet

Updated: 27 Feb 2017

This is the version I created to perform on the ukulele with my trio. It's in C Dorian.

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Related Song Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Moondance.

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Moondance - A Dorian, Chord Chart

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Moondance - Play-along Track, A Dorian

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Moondance - C Dorian, Lead Sheet

Updated: 27 Feb 2017

This is the version I created to perform on the ukulele with my trio. It's in C Dorian.

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