What A Wonderful World chords
by Louis Armstrong

  • What A Wonderful World was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.
  • It was recorded in 1967 and released in October 1967 with a re-release by Louis Armstrong in Feb, 1998 from the album of the same name.
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 72 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: F, Am, B♭, Gm7, A7, Dm, C11, F#dim7, Am7b5, C7b9, B♭6, Faug, D♭, C7, C/E, C/G, Dm/F, B♭maj7... all charts below
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
F Major Am Bb Major Gm7 A7 Dm C11 F#dim7 Am7-5 C7-9 Bb6 Faug Db Major C7 C/E C/G Dm/F Bbmaj7
F Major Am Bb Major Gm7 A7 Dm C11 F#dim7 Am7-5 C7-9 Bb6 Faug Db Major C7 C/E C/G Dm/F Bbmaj7

What A Wonderful World

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
                F      Bb    F      Bb
Intro: 4/4   ‖     -      |     -      ‖

         F        Am     Bb            Am
1. I see trees of green     Red ro-ses too
Gm7           F      A7            Dm
   I see them bloom     For me and you
   And I think to my-self
C11       C7            F        Faug    Bbmaj7     C7
   What a won-der-ful | world -        |         -      |

         F        Am      Bb              Am
2. I see skies of blue      And clouds of white
Gm7                    F     A7                  Dm
   The bright bles-sed day      The dark sa-cred night
   And I think to my-self
C11       C7            F          Bb    Bb     F
   What a won-der-ful | world -        |     -     |
            C7                           F
Bridge: The co-lors of the rain-bow   So pret-ty in the sky 
            C7                        F
        Are al-so on the fa-ces    Of peo-ple go-in' by 
              Dm               C/E              Dm/F       C/G
        I see friends sha-king hands    Sayin', "How do you do?" 
     Dm/F               F#dim7     Gm7  F#dim7  C7   
        They're real-ly say-ing    I    love    you

          F       Am     Bb             Am
3. I hear ba-bies cry      I watch them grow
Gm7                   F            A7         Dm
   They'll learn much more    Than I'll e-ver know
   And I think to my-self    
C11       C7            F        Am7b5     D7   
   What a won-der-ful | world -         |      |
   Yes I think to my-self 
C7b9                          F     Bb6    F
   What a won-der-ful world |    -       |   Oh Yeah |...

Please Note: If you use the Transposer and return back to the Original Key of F, you will find F#dim7 replaced with Gbdim7. They are actually the same chord (enharmonic equivalents). If you prefer to see F#dim7, simply refresh the page.


  • Level Of Difficulty: Fairly Hard. This song includes a vast array of chords, some simple and some may be foreign to many of you. However, once you learn these chords, you will find they are not so hard, and in some cases fairly easy. You will love the sound of many of these chords. The arrangement is beautiful, and it is no wonder that many guitarists turn to jazz after playing songs like this.
  • Song Key: F Major - 1 flat (B♭)
  • Please note that this song is played slowly with the guitar picking in triplet time. A triplet means three evenly spaced notes played in 1 beat. The time signature is 4:4 time therefore the count in each bar is |1 2 3 4| or |1& 2& 3& 4& | where 1 beat in this case is 1&, etc. Because the guitar is playing in triplet time, the count per bar is |1-&-&,   2-&-&, 3-&-&, 4-&-& |. Have a listen, and take note of the guitar finger-picking.
  • Chord charts have been included for players wanting to play open chords in the first position with the exception of B♭maj7, C11, C7-9, and Gm7. All chord positions are located on the first 3 frets so you don't have to go very far when moving from one chord to the next.
  • Remember that these chords can be played in several positions, so if you like being a 'kamikaze' player, you can play these chords wherever you like.
  • If you have trouble with any other chords, go to 'guitar chords' page and choose whichever chord type you need to learn or revise.
  • This is a great song for jazz guitarists with some nice open chords which jazzists will really appreciate. You can play barre chords, but the open chords sound very nice, especially if you are finger-picking.
  • Wherever you see 2 chords with a hyphen between them, it means the beat count is shared equally, so in this case where the time signature is 4/4, the first chord is played for 2 beats and the second chord is played for 2 beats, e.g., | F - B♭ | means 2 beats on F and 2 beats on B♭.
  • b5, b9 and aug chords can also be written as -5, -9, and + chords:
    • Am7-5 = Am7b5
    • C7-9 = C7b9
    • F+ = Faug
  • Wherever you see chords like C/E, C/G, or Dm/F, the chord is played with the leading bass note after the back-slash, i.e.,
    • Dm/F is a Dm chord leading with a bass note of F
    • C/G is a C chord with a leading bass note of G
    • C/E is a C chord with a leading bass note of E
  • This last example could also be played as 032010 which is a normal C chord that includes the E-bass note on the 6th string instead of omitting it. However, it doesn't quite sound right after the Dm, hence the use of xx2010 where the leading bass note is on the 4th string, omitting strings 5 & 6 altogether.
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