Lovely Day chords by Bill Withers


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Lovely Day | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Emaj7 | C#m7 | Amaj7 (Amaj7sus2) | Amaj7 Cmaj7 Bm7 |
| Emaj7 | C#m7 | Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |

Verse 1

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
When I wake up in the morning, love,
| Amaj7 (Amaj7sus2) | Amaj7 Cmaj7 Bm7 |
and the sunlight hurts my eyes.
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
And something without warning, love,
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 |
bears heavy on my mind.

Bridge 1

| C/D | D/E | Am7 | Bm7 |
Then I look at you, and the world’s alright with me.
| C/D | D/E | Am7 | Bm7 |
Just one look at you, and I know it’s gonna be.

Chorus 1

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day).
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day).
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day).
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day).

Verse 2

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
When the day that lies ahead of me,
| Amaj7 (Amaj7sus2) | Amaj7 Cmaj7 Bm7 |
seems impossible to face.
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
When someone else instead of me,
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 |
always seems to know the way.

Bridge 2

| C/D | D/E | Am7 | Bm7 |
Then I look at you, and the world’s alright with me.
| C/D | D/E | Am7 | Bm7 |
Just one look at you, and I know it’s gonna be.

Chorus 2

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj9 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)

Verse 3

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
When the day that lies ahead of me,
| Amaj7 (Amaj7sus2) | Amaj7 Cmaj7 Bm7 |
seems impossible to face.
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
And when someone else instead of me,
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 |
always seems to know the way.

Bridge 3

| C/D | D/E | Am7 | Bm7 |
Then I look at you, and the world’s alright with me.
| C/D | D/E | Am7 | Bm7 |
Just one look at you, and I know it’s gonna be.

Chorus 3

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)

Chorus 4

| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Emaj7 | C#m7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
| Amaj7 | Cmaj7 Bm7 |
(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)



Lovely Day Chords: Learn the progressions


Lovely Day guitar lesson + TAB T

You can play Lovely Day on just one acoustic guitar, doing this means you’ll have to focus on the rhythm the bass has on the original recording.

From this starting point, we can build the chordal arrangement to feel right for the singer.

Once the bass is established, we can refer to it and blend it with the chords in an improvised way.

Members get TAB that once worked through and absorbed will blend and come out in a natural, improvised way.

Here’s an example of how to play the verse chords on the acoustic guitar:

Lovely Day chords and TAB acoustic verse

Playing Lovely Day on the electric guitar is all about finding small, funky rhythm parts that complement what the bass and keyboards do in the band.

Members get TAB for this as well, the best way to learn how to play Lovely Day’s chords is to do it on both the acoustic and the electric.

Here’s an example of how you could play Lovely Day’s bridge chords on the electric (members get TAB for all sections).

Lovely Day chords and TAB electric bridge

Notice how C/D and Am7 are the same, and so is D/E and Bm7. As there are other instruments in the band, highlighting similarities like this can be really effective.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Lovely Day – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Soloing over Lovely Day’s chords

Bill WithersLovely Day uses the chordal party trick of modal interchange, which makes it a fantastic piece to practice your modal improvisations as it’s pretty repetitive.

The verse chords, E (I) – C#m7 (VI) – Amaj7 (IV) are all from the key of E. We can say this is “in major”, or Ionian. Nothing strange going on there. It’s the last two chords where the magic happens.

In the last bar, we switch to the home being E Aeolian instead of Ionian as the chords are Cmaj7 (IV) – Bm7 (III).

This gives you two options when soloing:

  1. E major (Ionian) for three bars, E minor (Aeolian) for one bar.
  2. E Ionian – C# Aeolian – A Lydian – C Lydian – B Phrygian.

The biggest challenge when improvising over these chords is to avoid sounding like you’re playing all those scales as fast as you can up and down.

The bridge is like a drawn-out version of what happened in that last bar as we now have emigrated to E Aeolian, or “E minor”. Although, and this is very important, we never play Em!

These are the chords for Lovely Day’s bridge:

C/D (IV) – D/E (V) – Am7 – (II) Bm7 (III).

This gives you two options when soloing:

  1. E minor (Aeolian) as a blanket scale.
  2. C Lydian – D Mixolydian – A Dorian – B Phrygian.

In the playlist above, after Bill’s original version, there are a couple of piano tutorials on how to pay Lovely Day, watch these and you’ll learn even more!



Lovely Day Chords | Related Pages


Advanced Acoustic

There are many more Advanced Acoustic Songs with chords like Lovely Day.

The advanced acoustic tunes use big chord extensions and sometimes, unique and complex chords that incorporate open strings.

Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, or chord.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Lovely Day's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Bill Withers tunes

Bill Withers wrote Lovely Day.

Bill Withers was 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.


Bill Withers on the web

Listen to Bill WIthers on Spotify.


Motown & Soul

When you can play Lovely Day, check out these Motown and Soul tunes as well.

Motown & Soul is the best place to start if you want to get better at playing the electric guitar. The harmony is simple and there is room for improvisation.

Learn tunes by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, and many more.


About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson on Lovely Day's chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Lovely Day chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.



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