Ain’t No Sunshine

Below is the lesson for “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers.

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In this full band arrangement, you’ll learn a rhythm and lead part that complements the other instruments (vocal, u-bass, drums). The big takeaway in this lesson, is that you’ll learn how to not overplay in a band situation. Now hold on a second, I know what you’re thinking: “What do you mean when you say, don’t overplay”? Great question, let me explain.

As your playing advances, there’s always a temptation to play at the peak of your technical capacity. BUT – and it’s a big but – doing so doesn’t always serve the music. It’s important to remember what our role in the ensemble is; and in this case, the rhythm part needs to provide a sparse harmony to complement the singer, while the lead part takes the forefront, but needs to maintain the same laid-back vibe of the rhythm.

Now this can be quite a confusing concept to grasp. So if you have 4 minutes to spare, watch this video to see a demonstration of playing to fit the music verses overplaying.

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

Part 2 – For Premium Members

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