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

Tommy Emmanuel







106 BPM


B major

We’re 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.

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Ruby's Eyes Performance

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Ruby’s Eyes, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.


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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.

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