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(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding – Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson and TAB

Otis Redding






This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.

Otis Redding and Steve Cropper wrote this classic song and recorded it in 1967 only a few days before Redding’s death in a plane crash. The song went on to reach the number 1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 and to this day is one of Redding’s best-known and loved song.

This arrangement is great fun to play but a little tricky at times. I’d say that it’s best suited to the intermediate and above player.

Alright, let’s pick up our guitars and learn how to play (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay!

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(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Performance

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.



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(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Guitar Lesson (Part One)

In this first lesson we learn how to play the intro, the first verse and the chorus. I’ve employed a strumming/picking technique throughout which is quite tricky but something that is covered extensively in The Complete Guide to Fingerstyle: Intermediate Level. In the lesson I also show you how you can simplify the technique.


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(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Guitar Lesson (Part Two)

Hopefully you didn’t struggle too much with the first lesson, so now let’s move onto the second. Here we’ll learn how to play the other two verses, the bridge and the outro.

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