“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash.
Barre chords are used in the original recording.
With Barre Chords…
Using Open Chords
You could play a more basic version that only uses open chords. You can still provide some of the “walk”.
Take the chord/lyric sheet and instead of using barre chords, just use the open chord form of the chords listed:
Sittin' in the mornin' sun
I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah
Here we go, just using open chords:
But, what about that cool walk from the C chord down to the A chord as found in the original transcription?
We can even add an additional walk from the G chord up to the B chord: