Melody Exercise: You Are My Sunshine

Lesson #411 • Jan 12, 2022

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If you’re looking for my full song lesson for You Are My Sunshine (with the sheet music), you can find it here.

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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.

If you like this lesson, check out a similar videos I made looking at Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley and also Will You Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King / The Shirelles.

Full song lesson also available!

If you want to learn this entire song (played with strumming), I have a separate video lesson you can view here. You also can get the 4-page sheet music to follow along. Check it out!

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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