Ruby's Eyes Guitar Lesson

Ruby’s Eyes by Tommy Emmanuel (Guitar Lesson and TABS)

Today we're going to be looking at another of Tommy Emmanuel's masterpieces. Inspired from a chord found in the classic James Bond film Moonraker, Tommy wrote the beautiful song Ruby's Eyes. 

This song may not be one of the best known songs on the Top 60 list but in my opinion it's one of the best. It's a fine example of instrumental acoustic songwriting, and how you can write a great pop song just on one guitar. 

Ruby's Eyes is no. 54 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

Ruby's Eyes Song Details:

  • Key - B major 
  • Tempo - 106 bpm
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Difficulty - advanced 


First off, here's a run through of Ruby's Eyes from start to finish.

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The song is delicate throughout and you need a lot of left hand strength to get it to sound just so. Getting each note to ring out and sustain will likely be one of the hardest challenges with learning this song.


Into the chorus now and perhaps a little more straightforward, however it's far from easy. Bear in mind here that Tommy mixes things up frequently when playing the chorus, I've tabbed it out in full but sometimes he won't play every note that's been written. As always, you have to listen to the song repeatedly.

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In the bridge Tommy pulls out some of his signature moves and uses a lot of natural harmonics. it's quite challenging to get them to all consistently ring out. 

If you've not checked out the lesson on Tommy Emmanuel's song Papa George, be sure to.

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If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  1. Donald Norby left a comment on 18th July 2020 at 2:12 pm

    what about ” Grandpa’s Lullaby ” by pay Kirtley ? Love your lessons I am going to subscribe thanks.
    Don Norby

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 23rd July 2020 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Donald, I get a lot of requests so I really can’t promise anything.

  2. Donald Norby left a comment on 18th July 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I would like Tommy’s arrangement of his Beatles Medley

  3. archanalabh left a comment on 30th March 2021 at 4:57 am

    Hey Mate Could You Do A Tutorial On Some Julian Lage Songs Like Gardens Or Day And Age😃

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 1st April 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Hey, possibly but I can’t make any promises I’m afraid. I really love his work, such a great player.

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