Van Morrison Song Lesson Playlist

In the world of “classic rock” music, few names resonate with such enduring influence and poetic brilliance as Van Morrison. His musical journey began as a young boy, when he first discovered his love for music, inspired by his father’s vast record collection. As a teenager, he joined several bands and honed his craft, mastering various instruments, including the guitar, harmonica, and saxophone. His unique blend of soul, R&B, folk, jazz, and blues set him apart, earning him the nickname “The Belfast Cowboy.”

Morrison’s early career saw him achieve fame as the lead vocalist for the band Them, known for their chart-topping hit “Gloria.” However, it was his solo career that propelled him to stardom, unveiling a soulful, mystical sound that left audiences captivated.

In this blog, we’ll be coving some of the Van Morrison songs you can learn on guitar using JamPlay and TrueFire’s intuitive learning tools. Grab your guitar and let’s play some hits!

“Into The Mystic” – Van Morrison Song Lesson – JamPlay

Recorded in 1969 and released on Van Morrison’s 1970 LP, Moondance, “Into The Mystic” is hailed a masterpiece of songcraft. The song is often compared to other great works like The Beatles’ “Yesterday” and Van Morrison’s greatest hit, “Brown Eyed Girl.” Rolling Stone named this track on its master list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In this lesson, Jeffery Marshall teaches you how to play “Into The Mystic” note-for-note on the guitar. For the full lesson with tab & notation, check out Jeffery’s course on TrueFire!

“Wild Night” – Van Morrison Song Lesson – JamPlay

The opening track on Van’s fifth studio album, Tupelo Honey, “Wild Night” climbed to No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released as a single in 1971. Then in 1994, a cover version by John Mellencamp and Meshell Ndegeocello peaked at No. 3 on he Hot 100. Needless to say, this timeless hit is worth covering if it piques your interest!

Follow along with John Auker as he shows you how to play “Wild Night” on guitar note-for-note. Get the breakdown of each part in John’s full lesson on TrueFire!


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