Melody Exercise: You Are My Sunshine
Lesson #411 • Jan 12, 2022
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Hey friends! A lesson today where I show the process of working out the melody notes for “You Are My Sunshine”, as covered by Johnny Cash in 2003. I’ll walk you through things, using the chord shapes for the song (A, D, and E major) as a starting point – and help you learn how to look for & recognize the melody notes therein. I would consider this an essential guitar skill, as understanding where to find the melody notes for any song you’re playing opens so many doors.
Full song lesson also available!
Similar melody lessons I’ve made…
Previously, I made a lesson showing the same concept (of figuring out the melody notes, given the chords) for “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. View my lesson notes & get the PDF »
I also tackle this at the end of my lesson for “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King / The Shirelles. View my lesson notes & get the sheet music »
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