Download here: Otis Redding – Sitting On The Dock of the Bay Chords
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.
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!)