This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Lyin' Eyes by The Eagles.
Lyin' Eyes was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey in 1975 and this classic song appears on The Eagles' album One of These Nights. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to this day remains one of the band's best-known songs.
This arrangement is pretty tricky to play at times. It will certainly require some finesse to get it to sound good so you must be gentle with your picking hand and not strum/pick too aggressively. Having said that, Lyin' Eyes makes for a great fingerstyle arrangement and once you've learnt it it's a real joy to play.
Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Lyin' Eyes!
- Tuning - D G D G B E
- Key - G major
- Tempo - 133 bpm
- Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced
Lyin' Eyes (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Lyin' Eyes, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Lyin' Eyes Guitar Lesson (Intro)
The intro to Lyin' Eyes is great fun to play and not overly complicated. Bear in mind that this section of the song reappears after the chorus and is used as a bridge to get back to the second verse. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the chord shapes because this arrangement is in a slightly altered tuning and the shapes may be unfamiliar to you.
If you want the lyrics of Lyin' Eyes and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.
How to Play the Verse
Now let's have a look at the verse to Lyin' Eyes. Whilst it's not necessarily any harder to play than the intro, it is hard trying remember it all. The verse is very long and there are many subtle variations in the melody line so I really recommend learning the lyrics off by heart as this will really help to cement everything in place.
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How to Play the Chorus
There's just the chorus to learn now and if you're now OK with the rest of the song then this section shouldn't be too much of a struggle for you.
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