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Aint No Sunshine tab

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  • A note for note transcription of exactly how Bill Withers played the song.
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                             AIN'T NO SUNSHINE - Bill Withers
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Tabbed by: John L.

Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)

Great song. This is the way Bill plays it live.

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"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone..."

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-----5-----5-----0-----4-----5---|
D|-----5-----5-----0-----3-----5---|
A|---------------------------------|
E|--5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


"It's not warm when she's away..."

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-----5-----5-----0-----4-----5---|
D|-----5-----5-----0-----3-----5---|
A|---------------------------------|
E|--5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone, and she's always gone too long..."

e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|-----8-----8-----8-----8-----6-----6-----6-----6---|
G|-----7-----7-----7-----7-----5-----5-----5-----5---|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|--7-----7-----7-----7-----5-----5-----5-----5------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|


"Anytime she goes away..."

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-----5-----5-----0-----4-----5---|
D|-----5-----5-----0-----3-----5---|
A|---------------------------------|
E|--5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


Repeat that structure for the rest of the song. 

Tap the body of your guitar during the "And I know, I know..." part.

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The simple chords:


"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone..."

Am7 (2 counts) Em7 (1 count) G (1 count) Am7 (4 counts)


"It's not warm when she's away..."

Am7 (2 counts) Em7 (1 count) G (1 count) Am7 (4 counts)


"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone, and she's always gone too long..."

Em7 (4 counts) Dm7 (4 counts)


"Anytime she goes away..."

Am7 (2 counts) Em7 (1 count) G (1 count) Am7 (4 counts)



That's it.

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Thiren111 21 May 01, 2012 06:26 AM

I think this is the best one. Question: what do you play for the "I know I know" part - and right after?

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jl9 153 May 21, 2012 09:16 PM, edited on December 31 2014, 12:27 am

Thanks! In the live performances I've seen, Bill Withers doesn't play during the sections you mentioned -- it's just drums, vocals, and tapping the body of the guitar. If you want to play something during that section, it sounds like the harmony would be a tonic. An Am or Am7 would work.

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Jonburthill 195 Jul 10, 2014 04:00 AM

Having watched a number of videos of this live it seems he plays
Am7 as 5X55XX, Em7 as 0X00XX and G7 as 3X34XX. You can hear the flattened 7th in the G.

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