Guitar lesson for

You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'

by The Righteous Brothers  β€’  Lesson #283

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Editor’s notes

Hey friends! Here’s a new lesson for the classic tune β€œYou’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’” by the Righteous Brothers (1964) – which you may also know from the famous bar-singing scene in Top Gun. I’ll teach you an arrangement based off the Mike MassΓ© cover on YouTube – which makes for a fantastic solo acoustic version of this song. I’ll show the chords, progressions, strumming patterns, and more. Note I’m in standard tuning to keep things as approachable as possible (tune down 1/2 step if you want to play along w/ the Righteous Bros or Mike Massé’s version).

Here’s the timestamps for my video:

Enjoy!

Mike Massé’s version of this song

Great cover here by Mike MassΓ© and Sterling Cottam. Can’t recommend it enough, and likewise totally recommend all the other great music that Mike puts out (Sterling has been a guest on a few of his videos, such as β€œCan’t Help Falling in Love”).

The scene from Top Gun

Lyrics with chords

VERSE
    (no chord)            D7sus2                                    D
    ............You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips
                   D7sus2                                D
    And there's no tenderness like before in your fingertips

PRE-CHORUS
                      Em                   F#m          G             A
        You're trying hard not to show it (baby)... but baby, baby I know it

CHORUS
            D                   Em              A             D
            ...You've lost that loving feeling... whoa, that loving feeling          
            D                   Em
            ...You've lost that loving feeling
                     C    (walk down)              D
            Now it's gone, gone, gone... whoa, oh, oh...

    [use the same chords as above for each repeated section below]

                    D7sus2                                      D
    Now, there's no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you
                    D7sus2                                 D
    And girl you're starting to criticize little things I do

                    Em                     F#m           G               A
        It makes me just feel like crying, baby...'cause baby, something beautiful's dying

            D                   Em             A              D
            ...You've lost that loving feeling... whoa, that loving feeling
            D                   Em
            ...You've lost that loving feeling...
                     D7sus2    (walk down)       D
            Now it's gone, gone, gone... oh, oh, oh...

                                                          [start bridge on D]
REFRAIN
                D ... G ... A ... G ... (repeat for entire bridge)

                D        G     A            G               D   G  A  G
                ...Baby, baby... I get down on my knees for you
                D               G     A      G                   D   G  A  G
                ...If you would only love me... like you used to do
                D            G       A       G                        D   G  A  G
                ...We had a love, a love, a love you don't find every day
                   D       G      A      G                  D   G  A  G
                So don't, don't, don't, don't let it slip away

                [D] ...Baby [G] (baby)... [A] baby [G] (baby)...
                I'm begging you [D] please [G] (please)... [A] please [G] (please)...
                I need your [D] love [G] (need)... need your [A] love [G] (need)...
                So bring it on [D] back... [G] bring it on [A] back... [G]

            D                   Em            A            D
            ...Bring back that loving feeling... oh, that loving feeling
            D                   Em    
            ...Bring back that loving feeling
                     D7sus2    (walk down)     D7sus2 (walk down)     D
            Now it's gone, gone, gone... and I can't go on... no, oh, oh

                            [...repeat chorus as desired, end on D]

Tuning notes

To play this song along with the Righteous Brothers version of this song, tune your guitar down 1/2 step and use the chords I show you. Note that Mike Massé’s YouTube cover of this song also uses guitars tuned down 1/2 step. By ear, this song is in the key of C#.

Chord shapes

Here’s the tabs for the chord shapes I use in my lesson. Note that the β€œD7sus2” may likely have some other name (e.g., Cadd6/D) – but regardless of the name, just learn the shape below and put it to use.

E ––––0–––2–––0––––2–––3–––0–––
B ––––1–––3–––0––––2–––0–––2–––
G ––––2–––2–––0––––2–––0–––2–––
D ––––0–––0–––2––––4–––0–––2–––
A ––––––––––––2––––4–––2–––0–––
E ––––––––––––0––––2–––3–––––––
   D7sus2 D   Em  F#m  G   A   

Chord progressions

Here’s how to play each section of the song. Think of this as being in the key of D, with the D7sus2 being the β€œweird” chord one not usually heard in that key… but hey, it sounds great!

VERSE
"You never close your eyes..."
| D7sus2 . . . | D7sus2 . . . | D . . . | D . . . |
| D7sus2 . . . | D7sus2 . . . | D . . . | D . . . |

PRE-CHORUS
"You're trying hard not to show it..."
| Em . . . | F#m . . . | G . . . | A . . . |

CHORUS
"You've lost that loving feeling..."
| D . . . | Em . . . | A      . . . | D      . . . |
| D . . . | Em . . . | D7sus2 . . . | D7sus2 . . . |
                                     ...resolve to D

REFRAIN
"Baby baby, I get down on my knees for you..."
| D . G . | A . G . | D . G . | A . G . |
                                ...repeat

Strumming pattern

For a simple strumming pattern, use this straightforward pattern of only playing down-strums on the 1 and 3 counts.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D       D             "down.... down...."

For a full strumming pattern, I recommend this. It’s what Mike MassΓ© uses in his cover, which is worth listening to for context.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D   D U   U D U       "down, down up, up down up"

For the refrain I use this strum pattern. The reason is all chord changes are happening on the 1 and 3 counts, which we want to pair with downstrums. I’ve accented the 1 and 3 counts below to reflect this.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D   D U D   D U           "DOWN, down up, DOWN, down up"

Refrain β€œdoo wop”-sounding bass line

In my playthrough, I play the following bass line (all on the 4th string) when I first get to the refrain. Start off by getting a hang of the 5th and 7th frets (played with left index and left ring, respectively):

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
G –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
D –0–––––––5–––––––7–––––––5–––––––|–0–  ....repeat
A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

And then from there, you can play the following, which repeats each note on the β€œ+” count just before you switch to the next note. This can be tricky, but it adds a nice rhythmic sound!

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
G –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
D –0–––––0–5–––––5–7–––––7–5–7–––5–|–0–  ....repeat
A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

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