Sunshine Of Your Love

Learn How To Play Sunshine Of Your Love

Chords and strumming

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Sunshine Of Your Love chords and strumming


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

Using the main riff as a starting point, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9.

Spanky’s version uses this 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.

As you watch the video lesson, can you see how the riff uses the Blues scale (a Minor Pentatonic, with an added b5)?

Variations on a 12 Bar

Sunshine Of Your Love is a great example of a tune that can be easily jammed with a band.

Rather than the traditional ‘V to IV’ movement of your average 12 bar blues, Sunshine Of Your Love stays on the V chord much longer than usual before it returns to chord I.

To build the tension over this V chord, I move up through different shapes of the chord.

To keep the arrangement interesting, the shapes are varied slightly every time the chord appears.

This type of approach is more likely to keep a song alive compared with using muscle memory and strict parts. It also makes it more fun to jam with friends.

Sunshine Of Your Love in the course

As with all songs, you’ll get complete TAB for everything that happens in the video lessons when you take the course. But we won’t stop there, you’ll also learn how to improvise over Sunshine Of Your Love when you take the advanced guitar course.

Using the blues scale as well as Mixolydian, I’ll show you how a blues/rock solo can easily be constructed using scales.

This means you won’t just learn the actual tune itself, you will also learn from the tune!

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Sunshine Of Your LoveIt’s getting near dawn
When lights close their tired eyes
I’ll soon be with you my love
To give you my dawn surprise
I’ll be with you darling soon

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love Lyrics.


cream-thumbCream was a 60s British supergroup that Eric Clapton joined after his time with John Mayhall and The Bluesbreakers.

Creams sound could be described as a hybrid of blues, pop, and psychedelic rock. Their hits include Crossroads, Sunshine Of Your Love, Strange Brew and White Room.

Go to Cream Biography.


Ella Fitzgerald released 61 studio albums and 25 live albums between 1936 and 1989. Crowned the First Lady Of Song, she is recognized for performing and recording most of the Great American Songbook.

Before the Songbook recordings, Ella pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.

Go to Ella Fitzgerald Biography.



Spanky Wilson is an American vocalist best known for her version of Sunshine Of Your Love, by Cream.

Wilson has shared the stage alongside many soul and jazz legends, including Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy McGriff, and Jimmy Smith.

Go to Spanky Wilson Biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

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

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