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                             Sunshine - Matt Costa
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Tabbed by: The Count of Monte Cristo
Tuning: Standard (Eb)

Let me explain the dilemma.  This is a wonderful song 
originally played in by Mr. Costa in the key of Eb.  
This gives the song its easy laid-back quality.  
Frankly, tuning every string down a half step is a pain.  
The song can be played in E, but I personally found it 
to stiffen the mood.  Additionally, I can't sing the 
high part that way.

Let me explain my solution.  You can "cheat" with the 
usage of a capo.  Using a couple of basic chords, you 
can play the song in its original key without tuning down.  
I have including both alternatives.


ALTERNATIVE ONE - Capo 8
This is a novice-inclined.  Very high on the neck, 
but uses the basic "worship song" chords.

Chords listed as relative to the capo.
    G     Dsus    C2     Em7
e|--3---  --3--  --3--  --3--
B|--3---  --3--  --3--  --3--
G|--0---  --2--  --0--  --0--
D|--0---  --0--  --2--  --2--
A|--2---  --0--  --3--  --2--
E|--3---  --X--  --0--  --0--

G   Dsus      C2             Dsus
Sunshine, I'd really like to tell you
      G   Dsus        Em7         C2        G
Oh my sunshine, even though your skies are blue,
             Dsus        Em7           C2
You're drying up my bed, how can I get any rest now.
 G    Dsus         G
Sha la la la la la la.

Someday, you will get the best of me.
Oh, someday, probably when I'm old and grey,
I'm lying in my bed.  Someday I'll be put to rest.
Sha la la la la la la.


ALTERNATIVE TWO - Capo 3
This is not as harsh on the guitar, but the chords 
are a little more involved.

Chords listed as relative to the capo.
*I suspended some of the chords for feel... I think it
makes the song seem brighter or something.
    C      G      F     Am
e|--3--  --3--  --3--  --3--  
B|--1--  --0--  --1--  --1--  
G|--0--  --0--  --2--  --2--  
D|--2--  --0--  --3--  --2--  
A|--3--  --2--  --X--  --0--  
E|--X--  --3--  --X--  --X--  

C    G         F              G
Sunshine, I'd really like to tell you
      C    G           Am          F        C
Oh my sunshine, even though your skies are blue,
              G          Am             F
You're drying up my bed, how can I get any rest now.
 C      G           C
Sha la la la la la la.

Someday, you will get the best of me.
Oh, someday, probably when I'm old and grey,
I'm lying in my bed.  Someday I'll be put to rest.
Sha la la la la la la.

And there 'tis.  Any feedback is welcomed and appreciated.
Blessings.
Cheers.

The Count of Monte Cristo

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DirtyHannes wrote on April 30 2009, 06:06 pm

nice idea to play with capo on 3rd and 8th and chords are correct, but Matt does not tune down 1/2 step. He uses Capo on 1st fret. check several live performances on youtube. :)

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Monte Cristo wrote on September 24 2009, 02:03 pm

Sorry man. I made the call off the music video (no capo used). I never thought to check the live versions. You are correct. He plays with a capo on the first fret and starts on a D chord.
Progression:
D A G A / D A Bm G, etc. It's pretty easy to here. My bad, mate.

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