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What a Wonderful World.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

Know your fretboard

Another great old tune made famous by Louis Armstrong back in the late 1960s. I remember working this one out for my dad, who was a big fan of 'Satchmo'. I was more into Crosby, Stills and Nash and Joe Cocker and James Taylor, myself, but I did appreciate this kind of music too.

We're in the key of G, as usual.

This tune is a great example of how to write a popular song: keep it simple and familiar, but inject one little ear catcher to make it unique. The chord progression includes all but one of the related chords. There's the I, ii, iii, IV, V and vi. Only the vii is missing. There's also a 'majorized' iii chord, the B7, and then there's that wonderful #V, a true outsider, the D#. That's the chord that defines this tune to my ear. It, coupled with the lyric at that point, is the reason this tune this tune became so popular, I reckon. There's also a sublime horn line in the original over this same chord that adds to the magic. I included that line in this lesson, in fact it was the main reason I chose to do this arrangement.

The 'turnaround' (the bit between each verse) is a little unusual also, that G to Am/G to C/G.

There is nothing tricky about playing this, but you will find a barre chord in there: the Bm7 in the middle 8. You can, if you find barre chords difficult, use the other grip for Bm (as in bar 9) but it doesn't sound as good.

There are a couple of 'outside chords' -- and another barre chord -- toward the end too, the F7 and E7.

Enjoy this one, it's such a nice piece.

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For this lesson, I will be charging a small fee of US $4.95 for the Printable PDF of the TAB/Notation. Click here to order it.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

Kirk LorangeAs well as putting together these fingerstyle guitar lessons, I am also the author of PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Package, which teaches a mindset, a way of thinking about music and a way of tracking it all on the guitar fretboard. Yes, there IS a constant down there in the maze of strings and fret wire, a landmark that points to everything at all times. I call it The Easiest Yet Most Powerful Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn and many testimonials at my site will back up that rather superlative description. If your goal as a guitar player is to be able to truly PLAY the guitar, not just learn by rote; to be able to invent on the fly, not memorize every note; to be able to see the WHOLE fretboard as friendly, familiar territory, not just the first 5 frets and to do it all without thinking about all those scales and modes, then you should read more here.