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Welcome to this What A Wonderful World Guitar Tutorial by Louis Armstrong!

In this lesson, I will teach you 2 ways of playing this song. The first method is great for beginners which is just easy strumming. The second method is a fingerpicked version which has a warm feel to it and it’s a good fingerpicking exercise as well.

Below are the section stamps of this tutorial.

STRUMMED VERSION
01:00 INTRO CHORDS
02:08 VERSE 1 CHORDS
04:58 VERSE 2 CHORDS
05:12 BRIDGE CHORDS
06:38 VERSE 3 CHORDS
PICKED VERSION
07:41 INTRO RIFF
08:44 VERSE 1 RIFF
10:09 VERSE 2  RIFF
10:31 BRIDGE  RIFF
11:28 VERSE 3  RIFF
12:03 OUTRO RIFF
12:35 SONG PLAYTHROUGH DEMONSTRATION (STRUMMED VERSION)
15:26 SONG PLAYTHROUGH DEMONSTRATION (PICKED VERSION)

Big thanks to Eric for his vocals on this track, check out his Youtube channel here – https://www.youtube.com/EricBenGayomali

Enjoy! Like this #whatawonderfulworld video by #louisarmstrong and subscribe to the channel for more videos in the future!

-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher 😁)

TABS/CHORDS


[Intro] 
   F             Gm            F             Gm
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------1-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|-------3-----|
G|-----2---2---|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|-----3---3---|
D|---3-------3-|---5-------5-|---3-------3-|---5-------3-|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-1-----------|-3-----------|-1-----------|-3-----------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  


[Verse 1] 
   F             Am            Bb            Am          
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------1-----|-------1-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|
D|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-------------|-0-----------|-1-----------|-0-----------|
E|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   Gm            F             A7            Dm          
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------1-----|
B|-------3-----|-------1-----|-------2-----|-----3---3---|
G|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|-----0---0---|---2-------2-|
D|---5-------3-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|-0-----------|
A|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|-------------|
E|-3-----------|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   C#            C#            Gm7           C7            
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------6-----|-------6-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|-----6---6---|-----6---6---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
D|---6-------6-|---6-------6-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-4-----------|-4-----------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   F             B7b5          Bmaj7         C7          
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|
B|-------1-----|-------4-----|-------3-----|-1-----------|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-3-----------|
D|---3-------3-|---3-------3-|---3-------3-|-2-----------|
A|-------------|-2-----------|-1-----------|-3-----------|
E|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  


I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world


[Verse 2] 
   F             Am            Bb            Am          
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------1-----|-------1-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|
D|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-------------|-0-----------|-1-----------|-0-----------|
E|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
                                                          
 
   Gm            F             A7            Dm         
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------1-----|
B|-------3-----|-------1-----|-------2-----|-----3---3---|
G|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|-----0---0---|---2-------2-|
D|---5-------3-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|-0-----------|
A|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|-------------|
E|-3-----------|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
                                                           
   C#            C#            Gm7           C7          
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------6-----|-------6-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|-----6---6---|-----6---6---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
D|---6-------6-|---6-------6-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-4-----------|-4-----------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   F             Gm            Gm            C           
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|
B|-------1-----|-------3-----|-------3-----|-1-----------|
G|-----2---2---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|-0-----------|
D|---3-------3-|---5-------5-|---5-------5-|-2-----------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-1-----------|-3-----------|-3-----------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world


[Bridge] 
   Gm            C7            F             F            
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------3-----|-------1-----|-------1-----|-------1-----|
G|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|
D|---5-------5-|---2-------2-|---3-------3-|---3-------3-|   x2
A|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|
E|-3-----------|-------------|-1-----------|-1-----------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   Dm            C             Dm            C            
e|-------1-----|-------------|-------1-----|-------------|
B|-----3---3---|-------1-----|-----3---3---|-------1-----|
G|---2-------2-|-----0---0---|---2-------2-|-----0---0---|
D|-0-----------|---2-------2-|-0-----------|---2-------2-|
A|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   Dm            F#dim7        Gm7           C7         
e|-------1-----|-------2-----|-------------|-------------|
B|-----3---3---|-----1---1---|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|---2-------2-|---2-------2-|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
D|-0-----------|-1-----------|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do
They're only saying I love you


[Verse 3] 
   F             Am            Bb            Am                                                                
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------1-----|-------1-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|
D|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-------------|-0-----------|-1-----------|-0-----------|
E|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
                                                           
   Gm            F             A7            Dm         
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------1-----|
B|-------3-----|-------1-----|-------2-----|-----3---3---|
G|-----3---3---|-----2---2---|-----0---0---|---2-------2-|
D|---5-------3-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|-0-----------|
A|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|-------------|
E|-3-----------|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
                                                           
   C#            C#            Gm7           C7          
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------6-----|-------6-----|-------3-----|-------1-----|
G|-----6---6---|-----6---6---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
D|---6-------6-|---6-------6-|---3-------3-|---2-------2-|
A|-4-----------|-4-----------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
                                                           
   F             Eb9           D9            D7
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------1-----|-------6-----|-------5-----|-------3-----|
G|-----2---2---|-----6---6---|-----5---5---|-----5-------|
D|---3-------3-|---5-------5-|---4-------4-|---4---------|
A|-------------|-6-----------|-5-----------|-5-----------|
E|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  

I see babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn so much more than I'll ever know
Then I think to myself what a wonderful world


[Outro] 
   Gm7                         C                       
e|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|-------------|
B|-3-----------|-------------|-1-----------|-------------|
G|-3-----------|-------------|-0-----------|-------------|
D|-3-----------|-------------|-2-----------|-------------|
A|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|
E|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  
 
   F                                                      
e|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
G|-2-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
D|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-1-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3   1 2 3 2 2 3  

Then I think to myself what a wonderful world