Ain’t No Sunshine

Ain’t No Sunshine

Chords and fingerstyle arrangement

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About Ain’t No Sunshine

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

Starting its life as a B-side in 1971 to his first single Harlem, it didn’t take DJ’s long to flip it over and start playing it day and night.

Since then, many other singers have covered ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, so much so it has become a modern standard.

When you take the beginner course, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is the last song you’ll learn.

Chord progression

The progression 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’ add an Em and G, like this:

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

The Em and G’s function is to simply bring us back to Am again.

Chord extensions

Am7 might sound like a complicated chord to play, but all you do is remove a finger and let the open G string ring. The Am7 chord also finds another b7 on the top string.

Dm7 is built 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.

To get the full lesson including chords and the exact fingerstyle pattern displayed with complete TAB, turn to the beginner course.

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Ain’t No Sunshine – Lyrics

Ain't No SunshineAin’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
She always gone too long anytime she goes away
Wonder this time where she’s gone

For complete lyrics, go to Ain’t No Sunshine lyrics.

Bill Withers – Biography

bill-withers-thumbBill Withers is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 60s until the mid-80s.

Some of his best-known songs include ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Use Me’, ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Lean on Me’, ‘Grandma’s Hands’ and ‘Just The Two Of Us’.

To find out more, go to Bill Withers biography.


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

Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

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Beginner Chord ProgressionWe all have to start somewhere, but for how long do you strum simple songs? What do you need to know to play real songs?

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‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Rewind’. ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Talking About A Revolution’, ‘Time Of Your Life’, and ‘Wonderwall’.

To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs

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