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Learn how to play Summer of 69

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How to play Summer of 69


Would you like to learn how to play Summer of 69 today? I love Bryan Adams songs especially Summer of 69 - it has a special meaning for me as it does for many of my generation. Do you play any Bryan Adams songs? Maybe Summer of 69 will be the first? I really like this song as the Summer of 69 was when I actually played my first electric guitar and I played it until my fingers bled too so the words of the song really do mean something personal. So how do you play this great Bryan Adams classic?


Here you can learn how to play Summer of 69. I will show you TAB and chords to the intro which is the best known part of the song, sheet music for Summer of 69 and direct you to some cool Bryan Adams and guitar playing stuff....

Intro image and guitar graphics are all my own creation, please do not copy!

Why learn to play Summer of 69?

Summer of 69 Really Rocks!

Actually, I think Summer of 69 is a great song for beginners to learn. It takes some very basic chords and just by a little bit of right hand control, use of the little finger to increase fret hand mobility and a few simple sus4 and sus2 chords it comes up with one of the most recognizable signature licks in rock! You can learn a LOT from playing this song. Basic chords, simple power chords, contrast within a song, and I hate to say it - good musical taste!

Bryan Adams Summer of 69 - First half of the intro....

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This is based on a D chord with left hand fingers moving in and out of Dsus2 and Dsus 4. If you don't know these chords then look at the photo gallery for bigger versions of the diagrams and I will add more photos later. The picture is TAB I generated with Sibelius software. I did the chord graphics myself and added them to the TAB later. I like to do my own chords because they tie in better with the TAB lines than the traditional upright ones!

Summer of 69 - Second half of the intro

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This is based on an A chord with left hand fingers moving in and out of Asus2 and Asus4. If you don't know these chords then look at the photo gallery for bigger versions of the diagrams and I will add more photos later. I hope to get a video camera for my birthday and if I do I will video me playing this for you too!

Basically this can be played fingerstyle with thumb taking the bass notes and i.m.a. fingers playing a treble string each, or it can be played "hybrid picked" with plectrum and fingers. If you are a beginner electric player the simplest option would be to miss the bass notes out and just use a pick in an Up Up Down Up Up Down economy picking fashion. Picking Up through strings 1 and 2 is quite easy when you make one smooth movement of it and the final downstroke on string 3 will send you in the right direction to repeat the pattern!

The rest of the song is fairly straightforward too. I won't do it all here, you have the juicy bit, but you can check out the instructional videos further down or even better you could treat yourself to a Bryan Adams TAB book.....

Bryan Adams Sheet Music

Best of Bryan Adams Easy Piano + Vocal + Chords

Easy Piano Summer of 69

This sheet music download is for easy piano, so if you are not a guitarist you could thinkof buying The Best of Bryan Adams for easy piano:


Woodshedding in the Summer of 69

Learning to play Classical Gas by Mason Williams

That first real six string led to a lot of joy and a fair bit of pain in the early days! One of my favourite pieces was Classical Gas by Mason Williams - I struggled to play this just from the sheet music - today things are easier!

Some of my links

  • My guitar basics website
    This is my website of tuition resources for guitarists interested in a more formal approach. It will help with free music for reading practice, information on technique and scales and chords. It is not a TAB site, but intended to help theory and deve

Thank you for stopping by this lens, if you enjoyed it please let me know!

© 2009 Lisa Marie Gabriel

Can you play Summer of 69? - What Bryan Adams songs do you like best?

GuitarForLife LM on May 22, 2012:

This was one of my favorite songs growing up, still brings back great memeories

brumot on April 23, 2012:

great song, I was just going into high school summer 69, love the unplugged version too! good job.

erin-elise on April 11, 2012:

Great lens! I like a few Bryan Adams' songs, but this one is kind of cool because I was born in the Summer of 69.

anonymous on February 05, 2012:

thanks for the great help sir,,

bernie74 lm on July 06, 2011:

Great Lens, I love this song and a lot of others by Bryan. thanks for sharing

KonaGirl from New York on May 24, 2011:

That was a hell of a year - the birth of my 1st Child - Woodstock - the end of the Haight, etc. etc. etc.!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 20, 2011:

I don't play but do love this song and Bryan Adams. I graduated in '69!

Guitar-Teacher on September 17, 2010:

I can play it, thanks for asking :-)

Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on September 05, 2010:

@SusannaDuffy: I don't know Susannah. Here I was thinking only the other day about College and it suddenly dawned on me - I left it years and years and years ago! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaak! Thanks for visiting :)

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on September 05, 2010:

That was a good year, 69, one of the best. Summer of 69 is a good song too, a good vintage and indeed now the times are changin', look at everything that's come and gone. Sigh. How did we get so old Photahsiamirabel?

Adrienne Jenkins on July 27, 2009:

Cool lens.