I Wish chords



You can learn how to play I Wish by Stevie Wonder!

I Wish is a single from the massively successful album Songs In The Key Of Life by the legendary Stevie Wonder.

I decided to record the song a semitone up from the original. This way open strings can be used for this one acoustic guitar arrangement.

The progression of the verse is II – V (Em7 – A) which paints the harmonic landscape of Dorian.

The bridge is slightly more complicated as the key has changed and the chords are many. For the chorus, we are back to II – V.


I Wish chords and lyrics (Key of Em and E)


Intro

||: Em7 A :||

The verse continues moving like the intro, here displayed with lyrics.

| Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A |
Looking back on when I was a little nappy headed boy.
| Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A |
Then my only worry was for Christmas what would be my toy.

The bridge is the adventurous part. I would describe this progression as being in the key of E (not E Dorian as the verse), with two variations; VIx and IVm.

This would make the B7 chord V7, The C#7 chord VIx7, the F#m7 would be chord IIm7 and the Am6 would be a IVm chord. The final chord, the B7, could also be extended to a B7#9.

Here the bridge is displayed with lyrics.

| B7 C#7 | F#m7 Am6 |
Even though we sometimes would not get a thing,
| B7 C#7 | F#m7 B7 |
we were happy with the joy the day would bring.

The chorus has the same chords as the intro and verse.

| Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A |
I wish those days could come back once more, why did those days ever have to go.
| Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A | Em7 A |
I wish those days could come back once more, why did those days ever have to go, ’cause I love them so.

To get all this in the original key, simply move everything down a fret.

If you play this song with a band, it would definitely be in the original key, but then you’d have bass and keyboards so playing in Ebm won’t be as hard as it is when playing I Wish on just one acoustic guitar.


Arranging I Wish for one acoustic guitar

The two most important parts to fit into a one acoustic guitar arrangement for I Wish are:

  1. The bass line
  2. The syncopated chords

The bass line simply has to be played exactly like the record, it’s perfect as it is and should not be messed with.

In between the bass line, you can move between different shapes of an Em7 and A chord.

I mainly use the Am shape for the Em7 chord, then move either down to an E-shaped A, or up to a C-shaped A chord.


I Wish – Guitar Lessons

I Wish by Stevie Wonder will soon be available as eight step by step guitar lessons.

Until then, there’s complete TAB for what I play in the video available.

Go to I Wish guitar lessons.


I Wish – Lyrics

Looking back on when I was a little nappy headed boy,
then my only worry was for Christmas what would be my toy.
Even though we sometimes would not get a thing,
we were happy with the joy the day would bring.

Go to I Wish lyrics.


Stevie Wonder – Biography

Stevie Wonder is the legend whom most practicing musicians come across, that has a life-changing impact on them.

Stevie’s natural groove and ability to so purely express music are untouched. His vocal phrasing and songwriting are second to none.

Go to Stevie Wonder biography.


Advanced Acoustic – 18 Songs

You can learn how to play these 18 advanced acoustic songs!

Angel Eyes, Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Don’t Wait Too Long, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, I Shot The Sheriff, I Wish, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, Tenderness, Wish You Were Here, and Why Don’t You Do Right.

Go to Advanced Acoustic Songs.