You can learn how to play Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers!

Ain’t No Sunshine was originally written and performed by Bill Withers.

Starting its life as a B-side in 1971 to his first single Harlem, it didn’t take DJ’s long to flip it over and start playing it day and night.

Since then, many other singers have covered Ain’t No Sunshine, so much so it has become a modern standard.

When you take the beginner course, Ain’t No Sunshine is the last song you’ll learn.

I’ll first show you all the details for this arrangement as well as alternative parts. But why stop there? You could play not only this but also learn how to create a part that works with mine, effectively enabling you to play with me and the singer.

Learning how to create guitar parts is a great path to learning how to write music. And what better chords to practice with than those from Ain’t No Sunshine?


Chords

The chord progression could be seen as a variation on an 8 bar minor blues. In the same key, a simple blues would be this.

| Am | Am | Am | Am |
| Em | Dm | Am | Am |

To spice things up, Ain’t No Sunshine adds an Em and G, like this:

| Am7 (Em G) | Am7 | Am7 (Em G) | Am7 |
| Em | Dm7 | Am7 (Em G) | Am7 |

The Em and G’s function is to simply bring us back to Am again.


Chord extensions

Am7 might sound like a complicated chord to play, but all you do is remove a finger and let the open G string ring. The Am7 chord also finds another b7 on the top string.

Dm7 is built in just the same way as Am7, simply replace the root with a b7.

The root is found on the second string in a normal Dm shape, for Dm7 you move this down two frets and replace it with a b7.


In the course

This may be the last song we learn in the course, but it’s the first proper song we play finger style.

To prepare you for finger style playing, we first learn three practice songs.

When you can play all three, you will have no problem playing Ain’t No Sunshine as I do in the video and more.


Ain’t No Sunshine – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers!

Step 1 (Beginner guitar song)Step 2 (Etude 1)Step 3 (Etude 2)Step 4 (Chord progression)Step 5 (Complete song)Step 6 (2nd guitar parts)Step 7 (2nd guitar play along)Step 8 (What happens now?!?).


Ain’t No Sunshine – Lyrics

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
it’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
she always gone too long anytime she goes away.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine – Lyrics.


Bill Withers – Biography

Bill Withers is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 60s until the mid-80s.

Some of his best-known songs include Ain’t No Sunshine, Use Me, Lovely Day, Lean on Me, Grandma’s Hands, and Just The Two Of Us.

Go to Bill Withers – Biography.

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