First of all, I have a question. Is it My Bonnie IS over the Ocean or My Bonnie LIES over the Ocean? Well, I guess both is being used based what I’ve seen out there. Anyway, irrespectively of what your preference is, the chords we’re looking at today for this popular tune are super easy to play. Everything is on a beginner level.
Specifically, we will be using the A-Major, D-Major and C-Major chord to keep things as easy as possible. With that being said, you can certainly play this tune in different keys and with different chords if you like. I on purpose wanted to keep things very simple, ergo we will be using the above.
Now, if you’re brand new to the guitar, my Guitar Chordbank and the Beginners Guitar Course are two completely free resources available to you in case you need some help getting started. So, for instance, if you don’t know how to play these three guitar chords for ‘My Bonnie Is Over The Ocean’ then you may want to make a quick stop at either one and catch-up on the basics.
Also, since my singing is an ear-sore, I encourage you to download and print the worksheet to this lesson that has all the ‘My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean’ guitar chords and lyrics for you. Use the worksheet along with the video lesson below and you should be in pretty good shape.
Alright, we took care of the chords, now let’s talk about the strumming pattern a little bit. In the tutorial, I demonstrated two versions. In the first one, we use simple down-strokes and counts and counts of three. As usual, in order to keep a steady beat, you should be a metronome when you practice. Once you are comfortable with the chord changes, move on to the second strumming pattern variation.
I hope you found this helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.