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Jim D'Ville with his ukulele, in front of the golden gate bridge. otis redding superimposed

Jim D’Ville Teaches the Otis Redding Classic ‘(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay’ for Ukulele

“Dock of the Bay” is in the bright key of G major, a tonality that is somewhat at odds with its weary lyrics. The verse kicks off on the I chord, G. One of the most memorable aspects of the song is the second chord, the III (B). In a major key, the iii chord is minor, but in the case of “Dock of the Bay,” where it is stated as major, it seems to almost jump into your ears.... Read More...