Sunshine Of Your Love

Sunshine Of Your Love

Chords and strumming

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Sunshine Of Your Love chords and strumming


Spy Tunes’ 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 Love – Lyrics

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

For complete lyrics, go to Sunshine Of Your Love lyrics.

Cream – Biography

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

Cream’s 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’.

To find out more, go to Cream biography.

Spanky Wilson – Biography

spanky-wilson-thumbSpanky 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.

Spanky is a great example of how a singer can change a song’s arrangement and make it her own.

To find out more, 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.

To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course


These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons


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