This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for No Woman No Cry.
No Woman No Cry is a classic reggae song by Bob Marley and The Wailers. The song was originally recorded in 1974 and it appears on the album Natty Dread. However, the version that is best known across the world is a live recording of the song that was released as a single in 1975.
This arrangement is relatively easy. Perfect for someone that has the basics of fingerpicking down and is looking for a fun piece to play. Having said that, even if you've been playing for a while you may well still find this fun to learn.
Alright, let's start learning how to play No Woman No Cry!
- Key - C major
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - beginner-intermediate
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No Woman No Cry Guitar Lesson - Intro
No Woman No Cry begins with a short four bar intro. This section of the song isn't particularly hard to play, it's just some basic chords that are being arpeggiated. I recommend learning the chord progression first and then adding the fingerpicking. Once you've got the intro down move on to the chorus to learn the really fun part of the song.
If you want the lyrics of No Woman No Cry and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.
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No Woman No Cry - Chorus Lesson
OK let's jump into the chorus. This part is a lot of fun to play and feels great under your fingers once you've learnt it.
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How to Play the Verse
There's just the verse to learn now. This section is considerably more involved than the other parts so really take your time. I recommend learning the lyrics off by heart to help you master the melody faster.
Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
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