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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: P5 ↑ M2
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 really helps.
- Moondance - Chord Lead Sheet
- Moondance - Play-along Track, A Dorian
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Song Files for: Moondance
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Moondance - Chord Lead Sheet
Chord lead sheet to the Van Morrison classic Moondance in the A Dorian.
Moondance - Play-along Track, A Dorian
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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