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Otis Redding – (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay Chords

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Another classic, this time from Otis Redding. Recorded in 1967, just days before his tragic death.

It’s a great tune for beginner guitarists to work on open chords, particularly the open B7 chord shape (and bring in the oft neglected little finger!). Alternatively, for those new to bar chords, it also makes for a perfect chord progression to practise your 6th-string (“E shaped”) bar chords up and down the neck.

Strumming

Suggested strumming pattern for beginners:
D DU UDU

More advanced players can try a hit (X) or ‘chunk’ strum on beats 2 and 4:
D XU UXU

Bonus tip for ukulele players: If you are struggling with the E chord, try an E7! It often works instead of an E (but use your ears, it doesn’t always!)

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The Police – Every Breath You Take Chords

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Sting’s haunting lyrics and Andy Summers brilliant guitar riffs make for an all-time classic. Released in 1983, it has so far stood the test of time!

This version of the song uses standard open chords and a capo, so that beginners have a chance to play it (although the Eb in the second bridge may be awkward for some!) I plan to tab out the brilliant Andy Summers guitar riffs in the future, which use far more tricky up-the-neck chord stretches.

A suggested strum pattern is:

b b D b b b D b

(With the small b’s representing bass strums and the larger Ds representing full accented strums)

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