Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Course Week 7 Step 3 and 4

Blowin’ In The Wind bass line + Finger Style Etudes!

Today we look at the bass line movement for the chorus of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’.

We also look at a finger style Etude.

We do this because next week we will give ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ a second guitar part, finger style!

Let’s start with completing the song like I play it in the video, it’s very similar to how Bob do it on the original recording.

Week 7 – Step 3 – 15-30 min

A few days ago you got the “exact” arrangement for the Verse.

Today I give you the Chorus, here it is:
Blowin In The Wind Chorus
As you can see, It’s the same F to C/E movement as in the Verse, now we play a full G though.

When the F comes back it stays for longer, now alternating with a C bass. This is the 5th of the F chord.

Following this three bar chorus there’s an Instrumental bit, here’s the TAB:
Blowin In The Wind Instrumental
More movements here from F to C/E as well as F to F/C. Also notice how the rhythm changes, it’s 8th note and two 16ths for a bar and a half!

At the end there’s a 2/4 bar, count along with the video lesson and you’ll see that it all adds up.

Saying that, I reckon the 2/4 bar could be placed somewhere else in this instrumental section…

I reckon the 2/4 bar appear at the beginning of the Instrumental section. Like this:
Blowin In The Wind Instrumental version 2
I suppose how to notate this 2/4 bar, as in, where to put it, is down to each and everyone.

Transcription and how to interpret music should never be set in stone.

Listen to the song, play it and decide which way feels best to you, with the 2/4 bar at the beginning or at the end?

Week 7 – Step 4 – 15-30 min

Let’s take a look at how this rhythmical pattern could be applied to a finger style arrangement.

Here’s In Etude #3.
Etude 3

There are two ways you can play it and sound “folky”.

1. Use you Thumb for the first two notes, followed by your Index finger. Over beat two use: Thumb, Middle, Thumb, Index finger.

2. Same over beat one. Over beat two use Thumb, Ring, Thumb, Index.

Another way to play it would be: Thumb, Index, Ring over beat one. Thumb, Ring, Index, Middle over beat two.

Your classical guitar teacher would complement you on your fine technique if you did it this way. It would probably sound really stiff and as far away from the streets that this song was written on though…

The rhythm

The sharp eyed student might by now be screaming at their screen saying: it’s not the same rhythm as in ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and if you did that you would be right.

The logical way to connect a finger style pattern with ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ would be to use the exact same rhythm, like this:
Blowin Finger Style Translated to Fingerstyle
And yes that would be another gold star from the teacher, I just don’t think playing the same thing is a good idea, I think a second guitar part should enhance, not cloud the first guitar part.

Perhaps you could use that pattern for a break down section in your own one guitar arrangement. As a second guitar part though, I’m not sure.

Another Etude that might give you some help is this one, here’s #5.

Etude 5 amend

Here you play two notes at the same time, I’m not sure about the second beat though, I would like to modify this a bit…

Why don’t you play around with these ideas for a while and I’ll tell you how I would play a finger style second guitar part for ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ next week.

Experimentation is the key to success, feel free to spend more than just 30 minutes on this step today.


Today you learned all the parts as I play them in the video and maybe Bob played it like that as well once or twice.

Following this we pondered how this could be played finger style. In the eBook you get a bunch of these patterns.

If you learn all of them, experimenting will be easier, more fun and especially more natural when you come up with your own parts.

Next week I’ll show you my preferred way to play a second guitar part for ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, using only fingers.

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)