You are my sunshine Kalimba tab

You are my sunshine is a complete classic, it has been performed by various artists such as Johnny cash, the beach boys and more. The song is also known as a kids lullaby due to the positive nature of the lyrics.

The song itself first came to popularity in 1939 and was later declared one of the state songs of Louisiana due to its association with a country singer named Davis, who became the state governor from 1944 to 1948.

Due to its popularity, the song has been recorded so many times that it became one of the most commercially played hits in American music. Davis and Mitchell were originally credited for writing the song, however, Davis never actually claimed authorship himself. Instead, he purchased the song from the singer Paul Rice and put his own name as the author. 

No matter who wrote the song, there is no arguing it is one of the best known songs in history. It’s fantastic for individuals who are just starting out, being played at a slow pace whilst also being relatively easy. It’s extremely relaxing and can be played at any skill level or age, allowing you to teach both yourself and your children how to play. For reference, here is a video of me playing the song on a coconut thumb piano so that you can hear what the track sounds like. When you're confident, play along with me!

Letter notes and lyrics

G    C    D   E    E        E    DE   C  C

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

C    D        E   F  A      A       G      F   E

You make me happy when skies are grey. 

C       D E     F       A      A      G      F   E   C

You'll never know dear, how much I love you.

C          D      E       F   D  D        E C  

Please don't take my sunshine away.

You are my sunshine (Kalimba tutorial video)

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3 comments

Ryan Bomzer

@kassey
The thumb pianos can be custom tuned as shown in the video embedded, if you want to tune your instrument the same you can refer to this tutorial: https://bit.ly/3hc2pWe

kassey

i am trying to learn this but it isnt really helpful i guess other peoples are tuned differently

Vic

I just started learning to play and this has helped so much!

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