Ain't No Sunshine

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers is such a beautiful song and it's proof that you don't need fancy chord progressions to write a true masterpiece.

The entire song consists of just Am, Em, G and Dm and it's a great one to learn if you've not been playing for long. As three of the four chords are minor it gives a very sad, somber feel and this fits perfectly with Withers' melancholy lyrics.

Song Details:

  • Released - 1971
  • Key - A minor
  • Bpm = 77
  • Difficulty - easy
  • Tuning - standard

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Verse

There aren't too many parts to this short song; it's really just two verses with a vocal instrumental between.

For the verse we use our thumb to play the bass notes of each of the chords and our 1st (i), 2nd (m) and 3rd (a) fingers to play the D, G and B strings.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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  1. Nezih NezihCakir Cakir left a comment on 3rd December 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I am enjoying your lessons that I have subscribed. I’d like to make a suggestion for the SONG LESSONS (at least for the Beginner and Intermediate songs) which I believe that could help your students like me immensely.
    Because of my Classical Guitar Training I know that practicing new songs at slow metronome speeds (which I usually start at 60-70 bpm) are the best way to get the notes, chords as well as fingering solidified. What could really help is to know the Performance Speed that you are playing in your song videos. It will be a great target for the students to aspire for.
    Thank you…

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 5th December 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks a lot for your suggestion Nezih, I’ll certainly take it onboard.

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