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Sunshine On My Shoulders is one of John Denver's most popular songs. It was originally released in 1971 on Poems, Prayers & Promises and became a hit single in 1973. This lesson is based on the way he would perform it live, typically on a 12-string guitar in the key of Ab. A guitar at standard pitch would use a capo at the first fret and play in the relative key of G. John's 12-string was tuned one step low so his capo would be at the third fret.
John used an arpeggio picking accompaniment, and this lesson goes into detail about his introduction with a double hammer-on from a G to C chord. The lesson also goes over arpeggio variations you can explore and improvise with so that every time you are doing some things differently.