In this lesson I show you how to play “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. This is one of the simplest fingerpicking songs ever which makes it great to learn especially if you’re a beginner. It’s also good to help you build dexterity in your fingerpicking hand. And it’s also good if you want to learn some out-of-the-ordinary chord voicings.
There are 2 reasons why I feel this is a great beginner song to learn on guitar: 1) The shapes are even simpler than the basic open chords that most of us learn first.. They may have whacky names like “Am7” but they’re just 3 fingers – and the shapes are movable (more on this later) – 2) The fingerpicking pattern is the same thing over and over, and it changes only for the chorus when you simply switch over to a different string set. This helps your brain connect the left and right hands as they move together along the fretboard.
These chord shapes are used in R&B and jazz primarily, and they’re called: Am7, G7, Em7, Dm7. It’s actually just 2 shapes, but they’re moved all around the fretboard, so this is KINDA like a 2-chord song (maybe a bit more complicated). The coolest thing about these shapes is that they’re movable, and if you watch until the very end, you’ll see that I explain this and even show you how you can use these shapes to make your own chord progressions simply by moving them around and experimenting.
This is a very simple song, so it gives us a chance take a look at the bigger picture and hopefully learn something about the guitar and music, in general.
Ain’t No Sunshine Chords: