Video: How to Play The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding on Acoustic Guitar

Learn how to play The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding on acoustic guitar.

This is a great classic song for any guitarist to know… Whether you’re playing parties or your local bar… it doesn’t matter. This song always gets the crowd singing and heads bopping.

Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments below…


  1. James Beith

    It’s all coming together for me Mark this old guy from Florida is rockin like it’s the 1960 and 1970’s again really am loving playing Sittin on the Dock of the Bay thanks a whole lot

  2. Cavillon Rosy

    I just subcribe today. All your videos are amazing!!!Great!!! I love them!!! Thanks Mark. Rosy

  3. Karen

    thanks Mark – I’m going to give this a shot ๐Ÿ™‚ keep rockin

  4. Naveen Pandey

    You play great sir. I am a big fan of yours .

  5. Alan Gibson

    Just signed up for your courses and althougth its the beginners course stage 1 I am looking forward to trying Dock of the bay you demonstrated when I have progressed further into the course.

  6. jeff carter

    brilliant stuff getting there on this song.any chance you could teach fragile from sting.
    cheers mark.

  7. Tammie A Chute

    I love hearing and playing The Dock of The Bay. Thanks for your teaching!


    Thank you for posting. As a beginner I’m struggling with the strum pattern. I will practice !!

  9. Roger

    Great rootsy stuff Mark. I’m a player much like you. Bless you and thanks for sharing. Gonna play it now

  10. Conroy

    Wow, this song rocks! I’m taking the beginner lessons but what makes me wonder is will I be making progress if I try a “side song” as I continue trying to perfect the early D, A, E chords? I know my chord changes really need work but I can’t help to see the possibilities of playing a great song such as this one.

  11. KBcowboy

    I love that song.I really like the way you explain things

  12. Kyle Allen

    Awesome song and lesson, amazing sounds thank you

  13. Art

    Awesome instruction! Thanks a whole bunch. You do great work.

  14. Ben Usman

    I love this site and my guitar skill is improving. Thanks for your time and effort

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