Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)



Today we’re going to learn how to play Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles. I’ll start out with the chords and break down this song into three sections: A, B and C. Some might be inclined to call these sections verse and chorus, but it is not that clear which is which. Let’s map out the chords of the song first with the three sections, then we’ll go into the intro and the strum pattern.

Tequila Sunrise Chords

Tequila Sunrise is in the key of G and features mostly common open chords. The only exceptions are a B7 and a Bm. I typically play the Bm as a bar chord but if you struggle with bar chords, there’s another option. 

Place your index on the first string second fret, middle finger on the second string third fret, ring finger on the fourth string fourth great and pinky on the third string fourth fret. Play it from the fourth string, and try to avoid the fifth and sixth string for this form of Bm.

The A Section

This section starts with your typical G chord for two bars. Then we move on to D for two bars, Am for one bar, D for one bar and finally two bars in G. This is the entire progression which happens twice in the A section. We’ve got G – G – D – D – Am – D – G – G. Try playing this progression along with the words. 

G – G – D – D – Am – D – G –  G

The B Section

The B section goes into a minor key. It starts with one bar of Em, one bar of C, back to Em, C, Em, Am, and D for two bars. The B section is an 8 bar phrase, just like the A section but with different chord progression. It looks like this:

Em – C – Em – C – Em – Am – D – D

It will help you to memorize this progression as well as the A section in order to make it simpler to remember and play along with the lyrics. After the B section, we go back to the A section and then move on to the C Section.

The C Section

The C section is where the B7 and Bm come in. The progression for this section is Am – D – Bm – E – Am – B7 – Em – A. This is also an 8-bar phrase and features that A chord at the end which is fun and unexpected. After that it goes back to the A section, which happens only once this time.

Strum Pattern

Tequila Sunrise features a pop-rock strum, which is one of the most commonly used for many songs. It is D – DU – UDU. This strum is four beats (one bar) long and you can count it as one, two, and skip and four and. So you skip hitting the strings on the downbeat of beat three.

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Comments on Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)

  1. James says:

    I could not get this video either.

    1. Tomas says:

      YouTube took it down. I’ll figure something out.

    2. Tomas says:

      I got the video working using another streaming service.

  2. pamela says:

    How come this video is no longer available?

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