Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Let's Swim to the Moon

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Let's Swim to the Moon

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"Moonlight Drive" is one of the Doors' 1VJL earliest songs, written before the group was even assembled. But it didn't appear on an album until the group's sophomore effort, Strange Days, in 1967. This bluesy song is driven by Ray Manzarek's piano and Robbie Krieger's electric-guitar riffs, including a smart slide solo. But as you'll see here, it translates nicely into an arrangement for acoustic guitar (check out the acoustic-guitar version on James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt's 2011 album All Wood and Doors, which featured Krieger, Laurence Juber, Paul Barreré, and others).

The song kicks off in the key of G major with a piano riff that's reinforced by bass guitar on the first beat of each measure, as well as the "and" of 4. An approximation of this part is shown here in notation. Play it either fingerstyle or with hybrid picking, and if you'd like, shift the dyads on strings 1 and 3 to 2 and 4. …

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