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This Little Light of Mine

Chords, Rhythm and Solo

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This Little Light of Mine > Chords, Rhythm and Solo

Greetings and Salutations Guitar Wizards Across the Globe!

Here we are again in the Social Music zone with the legendary African-American gospel song “This Little Light Of Mine.” Although there are a few common ways to play this one we’re going to cook something up that’s loosely based on a version by The Staple Singers. In this lesson we’ll be in the key of D and rather than the 5 chord version that includes the F# and Bm, we’ll play it with just the I, IV, and V chords. Along the way we’ll get some bass runs together and figure out a solo section. All this in under half an hour!! That’s the way we roll here and I appreciate taking this journey with you. Let me know how it goes, your feedback is always appreciated and helpful....Let it shine!!

Dan Zanes




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of This Little Light of Mine


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 1:56 What You Will Learn Today

Loop 5:25 Breakdown of Chords and Rhythm

Loop 15:11 Riffs and Solo Passage

Loop 22:47 Singing

Loop 24:12 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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jack May 18, 2019

really cool lesson. so many ideas to jam on!

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jan 19, 2020

Thank you Jack!

I appreciate the good words. Here's the link to a video that my wife Claudia and I made for the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOVVqJxoQ6I

I hope you're doing well...


tim james
tim james Jan 20, 2018


Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jan 22, 2018

Thank you Tim!!

I appreciate the good words, Brother!

This version one of my Staple Singer favorites.

Let me know if you find your way in...

Yr Pal,




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