Ain’t No Sunshine Chords

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Learn how to play Ain’t No Sunshine on one acoustic guitar!

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

Starting off as a B side off his first single it didn’t take DJ’s long to flip it over and start playing it day and night.

Since then Bill has had a string of hits and many other singers have covered ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, so much so it has become a modern standard.

Our one guitar version use a finger style technique, when you take the course you’ll play other finger style songs and exercises before you try this one.

Ain’t No Sunshine chord progression

Ain’t No Sunshine’s chords could be seen as a variation on an 8 bar minor blues.

An 8 bar minor blues, in the same key, would be this:

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

To spice things up, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ use these chords:

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

The Em and G are played over beat 3 & 4, simply bringing us back to Am.

Ain’t No Sunshine chord extensions

Am7 might sound like a complicated chord to play, but all you do is remove your ring finger and let the open G string ring.

The Am7 chord also finds another b7 on the top string in the video lesson.
Am to Am7
Dm7 is build 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.
Dm to Dm7
To get the full lesson on the chords, the finger style patterns and full TAB, sign up to Spy Tunes Beginner Guitar Course.

Ain’t No Sunshine is the most difficult of the Beginner Acoustic Songs and therefore the last one covered in the course.