Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding

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“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash.

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Verses

Barre chords are used in the original recording.

With Barre Chords…

dock of the bay strum 1

Using Open Chords

You could play a more basic version that only uses open chords. You can still provide some of the “walk”.

Take the chord/lyric sheet and instead of using barre chords, just use the open chord form of the chords listed:

G                      B7
Sittin' in the mornin' sun
        C                        A
I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes
G                       B7
Watching the ships roll in
           C                    A
And then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah

Here we go, just using open chords:

But, what about that cool walk from the C chord down to the A chord as found in the original transcription?

We can even add an additional walk from the G chord up to the B chord:

Main Riff

Guitar 1



Guitar 2

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Dock Of The Bay” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Dock Of The Bay” (Power Tab)