What a Wonderful World

ByThiele and George David Weiss

Instrument:Guitar (solo)


Format:Instant Digital Print (PDF)


Level:Intermediate to Advanced

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About This Song

“What a Wonderful World” was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967. Armstrong’s recording was subsequently inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Composers Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer). The song was intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States. The song has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to. The song was initially offered to Tony Bennett, who reluctantly turned it down. Stevan Pasero’s arrangement will bring a smile to an audience’s collective face. It starts off mellow, highlighting major #11th chords, followed by cascading arpeggios during the bridge, and ending with a chorus of tremolos.

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"Instant Digital Downloads" is guitar sheet music that you can print from your home computer after you checkout! Just add any sheet music to your shopping cart and then checkout with PayPal or your credit card (secured and protected by PayPal). All the songs featured on this website were produced by Stevan Pasero and include arrangements of Classical and Popular Standards, and also some of his original works. In addition, there are select lessons which include scale, arpeggio, slurs and various other daily exercises for all guitarists: beginning, intermediate and advanced. There will be more sheet music added each month, so please come back and visit! Mr. Pasero is known for his guitar arrangements, compositions, and in-depth teaching style. He is one of a few guitarists to record in several music idioms successfully, bridging both classical, jazz and world markets in over 250 countries and territories worldwide. Contact Stevan at SheetMusic@StevanPasero.com if you wish to have a guitar lesson on Skype!