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Learn how to play Summer of 69

Updated on December 19, 2015

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!

Summer of 69 Guitar Chords Diagrams and Photos - If you are a complete beginner, try practising these chords first, there is a ten second time limit to find the

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D major chordDsus2, sometimes called D9Dsus4 chordThis is the D chord as a photo  - might be helpful to understand the basics. The diagrams are upside down to the guitar because that is how TAB is written, but the photo is the right way. Guitar players soon get used to it so don't worry. That is whyA chordAsus2, otherwise called A9Asus4 chordThis is the A chord as a photo shot - it might be helpful to understand the basics. The chord diagrams look upside down compared to the guitar because that is how TAB is written, but the photo is the right way. Guitar players soon get used to it so d
D major chord
D major chord
Dsus2, sometimes called D9
Dsus2, sometimes called D9
Dsus4 chord
Dsus4 chord
This is the D chord as a photo  - might be helpful to understand the basics. The diagrams are upside down to the guitar because that is how TAB is written, but the photo is the right way. Guitar players soon get used to it so don't worry. That is why
This is the D chord as a photo - might be helpful to understand the basics. The diagrams are upside down to the guitar because that is how TAB is written, but the photo is the right way. Guitar players soon get used to it so don't worry. That is why
A chord
A chord
Asus2, otherwise called A9
Asus2, otherwise called A9
Asus4 chord
Asus4 chord
This is the A chord as a photo shot - it might be helpful to understand the basics. The chord diagrams look upside down compared to the guitar because that is how TAB is written, but the photo is the right way. Guitar players soon get used to it so d
This is the A chord as a photo shot - it might be helpful to understand the basics. The chord diagrams look upside down compared to the guitar because that is how TAB is written, but the photo is the right way. Guitar players soon get used to it so d

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

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

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.....

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!

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?

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    • GuitarForLife LM profile image

      GuitarForLife LM 

      6 years ago

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

    • brumot profile image

      brumot 

      6 years ago

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

    • erin-elise profile image

      erin-elise 

      6 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      thanks for the great help sir,,

    • bernie74 lm profile image

      bernie74 lm 

      7 years ago

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

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

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

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

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

    • Guitar-Teacher profile image

      Guitar-Teacher 

      8 years ago

      I can play it, thanks for asking :-)

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @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 :)

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      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 profile image

      Adrienne Jenkins 

      9 years ago

      Cool lens.

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