What a Wonderful World Guitar Lesson

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

  • 11th October 2018
  • Songs

Scroll down for full fingerstyle guitar lesson (with tab/video tutorial) of What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

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 U.K and has gone to be greatly loved in many countries across the world. 

What a Wonderful World is no. 46 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

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's 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. 

What a Wonderful World Song Details

  • Key - F major
  • Tuning - standard
  • Tempo - 72 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate - advanced


Intro, verse x2, bridge, verse, outro


We have a short four bar intro here before jumping straight into the first verse.

What a Wonderful World Intro


The verse repeats twice before leading into the bridge.

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What a Wonderful World (Verse)


Perhaps slightly easier than the verse, but there are some tricky chord movements to get used to in the bridge.

What a Wonderful World (Bridge)



After the bridge you then play one more verse, which then leads into the outro. In the tab below we're going from the final four bars of the last verse.

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What a wonderful world outro


If you want to make sure that you're really on the right track with fingerpicking, then try one of my fingerstyle guitar courses - find out more here.

If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  1. Eric left a comment on 13th November 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks – love this arrangement!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 13th November 2018 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you, really glad you like it.

  2. Soham Shah left a comment on 6th January 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I dont have any queries but I really want to thank you from the deepest of my heart for making such wonderful lessons in such an organised way and that too for free, You sir truly are a legend. I am planning to do all 60 by the end of this year and thank you so much once again

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 9th January 2019 at 9:56 am

      Thank you very much Soham, I’m really pleased you like the lessons. Keep up the practise!

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