This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for What A Wonderful World.
What a Wonderful World was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, and was first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967. The song reached the number one spot in the UK and has gone on to be greatly loved in many countries across the world.
For this lesson we'll be learning a fingerstyle arrangement of What a Wonderful World. It's not an overly complicated rendition but you'll likely have some challenges when learning it. One of the struggles you might run into is getting the melody line to be completely accurate; Armstrong's timing is impeccable and it can be very hard indeed to get each note to line up just right. Just aim to get it as close as you can and for the melody to still sound good.
Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play What A Wonderful World!
- Key - C major
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 72 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate
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What A Wonderful World Guitar Lesson
OK let's get into the lesson. I'd recommend learning the chord progression first and then start to add in the fingerpicking and the melody once you've learnt it off by heart. As always, focus on accuracy over speed and gradually bring it up to tempo once you're really sure that everything's lined up and that you're playing it all correctly.
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How to Play the Bridge
Perhaps slightly easier than the verse, but there are some tricky chord movements to get used to in the bridge.
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How to Play The Outro
After the bridge you play one more verse, which then leads into the outro.
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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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