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This builds on the basic arrangement of You Are My Sunshine by adding simple forward rolls to different parts of the melody. Play slow to nail the timing.Learn
An all-out version of You Are My Sunshine that incorporates Scruggs-style rolling and slurs, and there's even a melodic lick thrown in!Learn
More about You Are My Sunshine
Elevated from just being a tune to being one of the state songs of Louisiana, the “You are my Sunshine” song was written by the duo, Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. It was first recorded in 1939, and a lot more artist has rendered their vocals to the recording of this song. Initially, it was country music. However, as time went on and many more covers if the song emerged, it gradually was initiated into the conventional American pop culture. Here are some of the famous and interesting covers of the song along with the artist and the year it was done. In 1941, a group of 5 did a cover of the song, and it made it to the US charts of the day. They include; Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Mississippi John Hurt, Wayne King, and Lawrence Welk. Other artists who covered the “You are my sunshine” includes; Doris Day in 1951, Nat King Cole in 1955, The Marcels in 1961, the trio; Ray Charles, Ike, and Tina Turner performed their cover in 1962, The Rivingtons also in 1962, Andy Williams in 1963, Burl Ives in 1968, Frank Turner, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Anne Murray (1979) etc The song broke a lot of records right from the very first day it was first recorded.
Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the You Are My Sunshine tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.
Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of You Are My Sunshine. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.
Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice You Are My Sunshine as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along.
Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of You Are My Sunshine using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.