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Moondance

Title song on Van Morrison's 1970 album Moondance.

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Mar 9, 2020 • VIEWS: 45 • LESSON CODE: UL513

Instruments: leadsheet ukulele playalong ANY Subjects: repertoiremodal

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Moondance is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van 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.

"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 Playalong 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 FREE track as a sample of the quality of these custom play-along tracks.

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

Download the Lead Sheet and have a go at it.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

Moondance - A Dorian, Chord Chart
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Chord lead sheet to the Van Morrison classic Moondance in the A Dorian.


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Moondance - Play-along Track, A Dorian
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A premium play-along track of Moondance. This is a great track for exploring the A Dorian and A Aeolian scales.


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Moondance - C Dorian, Lead Sheet
Updated: Feb 27, 2017

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


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Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.


No Road Map for Moondance check back soon.

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The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

What is the different between a Scale and a Mode? • Updated: Apr 6, 2020

The term scale and mode are used interchangeably, and in a strict theory sense, there is a big difference between a scale and a mode or modal scale. They are NOT the same, even if they are the same notes. A scale and mode can contain the same notes.

Additional Song Files, Resources and Assets

These are the related song files, resources and assets for Moondance at this time.

Moondance - A Dorian, Chord Chart
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Chord lead sheet to the Van Morrison classic Moondance in the A Dorian.


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Moondance - Play-along Track, A Dorian
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A premium play-along track of Moondance. This is a great track for exploring the A Dorian and A Aeolian scales.


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Moondance - C Dorian, Lead Sheet
Updated: Feb 27, 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 Books for Moondance at this time.

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