Learn to Play "This Little Light of Mine"
âThis Little Light of Mineâ was a popular song in the â50s and â60s and was often sung at civil rights rallies. Brenda Lee, an original âgirl singerâ of that era, performs âThis Little Lightâ in her inimitable country-pop style on Country Gospel Classics (Madacy Christian 50992). The Oak Ridge Boys lend their classic vocal harmonies to a nice modern country version on Common Thread (Word Entertainment 41185).
This song introduces B7, Em, and A7 chords, which serve to spice up this otherwise three-chord arrangement in G. The last eight bars can be a bit tricky, especially the quick change from G to B7. With practice, your fingers become so used to the shapes of the chords that these kinds of changes become automatic. If youâre discouraged by your progress, sing, âThis little light of mine, Iâm gonna let it shine.â Donât let anyone tell you otherwise.
Try playing through the first eight measures.
Excerpted from Traditional Songs for Beginning Guitar