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Ain't No Sunshine   Bill Withers

Basically Am and Em, picking the bass note then a strum for each:
pick, Am, pick, Em, pick 6th string with pinky on third fret, repeat.
I don't have this written in below. The chords listed are transitions
from this pattern.

Intro: Repeat the above pattern a couple of times, then during
verses, starting with the first Am listed below
Ain't no sunshine when she's [Am]gone [Em]
Only darkness every [Am]day [Em]
Ain't no sunshine when she's [Dm]gone
And this house just ain't no [F]home,
[Am]Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she's gone
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's [Dm]gone
And this house just ain't no [F]home,
[Am]Anytime she goes away.

And I know I know I know [Gm]I [Am]know I know I know I know I [Gm]I [Am]know... To add fill, every fourth "I know, pound on Gm and slide down two frets to A
m (same fingering)
Baby you're leaving me far be[Dm]hind
There ain't sunshine when she's [Am]gone

Repeat 1st verse

This sounds great on a electric, not so great on an acoustic. For
acoustic, I strum continuously between "picks", and for the "I know"
business I pound the strings holding down only the second string
of the first fret, then hammer down onto an Am.



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acmetiger (report)

here's the man himself playing it on acoustic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

thanks for the transcription!

Bolbronx (report)

On the acoustic, you could add a G after Em. Sounds alright to me

briancutler1 (report)

Rock on dekker!