Sunshine Of Your Love chords by Cream


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Sunshine Of Your Love | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: D blues scale riff :|| x8

Verse 1

||: D blues scale riff :|| x8
It’s getting near dawn, when lights close their tired eyes.
I’ll soon be with you my love, to give you my dawn surprise.
| G riff | G riff | G5 G7 | G riff G7#9 ||: D blues scale riff :|| x4
I’ll be with you darling soon, I’ll be with you when the stars start falling.

Chorus 1

| A | C/G G |
I’ve been waiting so long,
| A | C G/D |
to be where I’m going,
| A7 | C5 G5 | A5 | A5 | D riff | D riff |
in the sunshine of your love.

Verse 2

||: D blues scale riff :|| x8
I’m with you my love, the light’s shining through on you.
Yes, I’m with you my love, it’s the morning, and just we two.
| G riff | G riff | G5 G7 | G riff G7#9 ||: D blues scale riff :|| x4
I’ll stay with you darling now, I’ll stay with you till my seeds are all dried up.

Chorus 2

| A7 | C5 G5 |
I’ve been waiting so long,
| A5 | C5 G/D |
to be where I’m going,
| A7 | C G5 | A | A7 A7#9 |
in the sunshine of your love.

Solo

||: D blues scale riff :|| x8
| G riff | G riff | G5 G7 | G riff |
||: D blues scale riff :|| x4
| A5 | C/G G5 | A5 | C/G G5 |
| A7 | C/G G5 | A | A7 |
||: D riff :|| x4

Verse 3

||: D blues scale riff :|| x8
I’m with you my love, the light shining through on you.
Yes, I’m with you my love, it’s the morning, and just we two.
| G riff | G riff | G5 G7 | G riff ||: D blues scale riff :|| x4
I’ll stay with you darling now, I’ll stay with you till my seeds are all dried up.

Chorus 3

| A | C5 G | A | C G |
I’ve been waiting so long, I’ve been waiting so long.
| A | C5 G | A | C G |
I’ve been waiting so long, I’ve been waiting so long.
| A | C5 G | A | A7 | A7 | A7#9 | D riff | D riff D7#9 |
To be where I’m going, in the sunshine of your love.

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Sunshine Of Your Love Chords: Learn the progressions!


Sunshine Of Your Love 8 step by step guitar lessons

My version of Sunshine Of Your Love is a combination of Cream‘s original and Spanky Wilson‘s cover.

I do wish I could have integrated Ella Fitzgerald‘s version as well but I guess you can’t win them all.

Using the main riff as a starting point, the chords have sometimes been extended to a dom7#9.

Spanky’s version uses this chord and since it is Jimi Hendrix’s signature chord, and Jack Bruce wrote this tune on the back of an early Hendrix gig in London, I thought I’d keep that in.

To keep the arrangement interesting and build tension, the chords and riffs are varied by finding different shapes.

This type of approach is more likely to keep a song alive compared to using muscle memory and set parts like you would have to in a strict rock band. It also makes it more fun to jam with friends.

Perhaps most importantly, if you always play like this, writing parts for your songs becomes easier.

In the lesson above, I start taking you through how to play the riff in all areas of the neck, here’s example 1, we use the open position of the Dm blues scale.

Sunshine Of Your Love riff open position.

In example 2, we have started moving up the neck, first up is the Cm shape which is blended with the open position.

Sunshine Of Your Love riff Cm shape

Next, we play using the open position but add more strings to it. Looks like this:

In example 4 we are fleshing the riff out by adding notes to the descending line, this sounds like a metal riff to me.

In example 5 we are in an A shape, blended with the lower part of a Cm-shaped blues scale.

In the course, the video lesson continues up the neck for a further 5 examples. You must cover the fretboard completely to be able to play the riff anywhere, to be free.

To be free and able to improvise, you must also understand the chords and progressions of the song so let’s take a look at Sunshine Of Your Love without the lyrics and focus on how it changes/builds for each section.

The intro is just that riff which is built on the D minor blues scale.

The first verse then moves that riff to chord IV, like this:

||: D blues scale riff :|| x8
| G riff | G riff | G5 G7 | G riff G7#9 |
||: D blues scale riff :|| x4

The chorus starts at chord V, then uses a chord outside the key, a bVII (C). You could also call this a backdoor dominant. Here are the Sunshine Of Your Love’s chorus chords:

| A | C/G G | A | C G/D |
| A7 | C5 G5 | A5 | A5 | D riff | D riff |

In my arrangement, the second verse adds a D7#9.

Chorus 2 is not the same as the first. Making subtle changes like this is what brings an arrangement alive, it looks like this:

| A7 | C5 G5 | A5 | C5 G/D |
| A7 | C G5 | A | A7 A7#9 |

The solo stays on the D longer, before we return to a verse again. This is followed by verse 3.

The final chorus repeats more times and stays on A for longer, like this:

| A | C5 G | A | C G |
| A | C5 G | A | C G |
| A | C5 G | A | A7 | A7 | A7#9 | D riff | D riff D7#9 |

So the chords are not that complicated, it is more a case of “what you do with it”. And to know “what to do with it”, you must have played it everywhere just like the lesson above demonstrated.

In the course, you get loops and TAB to practice all the variations, not just for the riff, but all sections of the song. We also learn the legendary solo!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Sunshine Of Your Love 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Sunshine Of Your Love’s solo was possible because Clapton changed strings!

Eric Clapton‘s solo on the original recording is fantastic. Using huge bends, he manipulates the minor and major thirds, as well as the bluesy b5 better than most.

In the mid-’60s when this was recorded, Eric had been pronounced a God in his native England. Nobody could believe their eyes as he played lightning-fast blues solos to adoring fans on the London live scene.

One of Eric’s secrets was that he swapped his 3rd string for one that was plain, just like the E and B naturally are. This gave him less tension and the possibility to bend further. Today this is of course standard on all electric guitars, at the time it was revolutionary.

As we learn this on the acoustic guitar, we can’t play those huge bends since our acoustic strings are (still) too heavy.

To solve this, the solo has been moved down the neck and instead of massive bends, we switch frets. Somebody should have pointed this out to Eric at the time!

In the advanced acoustic guitar course, four steps are spent on learning the Sunshine Of Your Love solo by starting slowly and nailing every single note until it sounds like Clapton played it.

Notice how he references the melody of Blue Moon at the beginning of the solo, this and the play on straight vs swung demonstrates the musical humour Cream as a band possessed.



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