Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunshine on My Shoulders

   This is a popular song by John Denver, which first appeared on his 'Poems, Prayers, and Promises' album in 1971.  Its simple message about enjoying the wonders of sunshine has brought smiles to many people over the years.

  This is my arrangement and adaptation of this song in Guitar chords and TAB.  I will be adding additional notes, along with guitar diagrams, to supplement these TAB pages.

  Hope you enjoy playing this beautiful song.  Take it step-by-step.  Don't try to rush it.  Over time, you will enjoy playing it as much as I do.

   NOTES-- The double-stops (two note chords) that are featured here involve plucking the strings, instead of strumming or picking.  In this version (labeled "low"), the melody line is found in the BOTTOM notes.  The TOP notes are the harmony.    You can also play the melody lines alone-- with no harmony note.

  You may not be familiar with ALL of the chords shown in this song.  Most of them are ones that you have already learned.   If you look up unfamiliar chords, such as Bm7, it will most likely show it as a Barre chord (requiring you to use a finger to hold down all of the strings).  There is an alternate way to play this chord which involves only two notes.    You will see this posted here soon.

   Spend some time learning the chords, strum patterns, and the TAB notes, and then use the video links (see below) to play along with, and compare our version with the recording or video.   If you find any mistakes or discrepancies, please let me know.   While my version is close, it may not be perfect.  

   The videos are the original recording by John Denver in key of Bb-- (capo guitar to 3rd fret);  and another video in the key of G (no capo necessary).

  •   JOHN DENVER- Sunshine on My Shoulders (Key of Bb)

  • KAPPA & PAUL- Sunshine on My Shoulders  (Key of G)