A Change Is Gonna Come

Learn how to play A Change Is Gonna Come on one acoustic guitar!

‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ is a single by Sam Cooke. It was inspired by Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind‘ who Cooke felt must have been “written by a black man”.

The song achieved great commercial success and has been covered by many famous singers, including Bob Dylan!

The video lesson is a one guitar arrangement of the song, the intro is the most difficult part.


Chord progression

The intro to ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ is a guitar version of the string arrangement on the original recording.

The chord names are pretty complex. It would make more sense to learn this using TAB than reading the chord names, you get this when you take the course.

For what it’s worth, here they are:

| G6 G | D6/F# | Em | D/A Bm7 | C Gsus4/B |
| Am7 C/G | A7sus4 | D7 D7sus4 | D7 |

The verse/chorus chords are so much simpler, goes like this:

| G | G | G | G | Am | Am |
| Em | Em | G | G | Am | C B7 |
| Em | Em | G | G |

The bridge or m8, depending on what you’d like to call it goes like this:

| Am | Am | Em | Em | x2
| Am | Am | Em | Em G |
| A7 | A7 | D7 | D7 |

Apply a capo on fret 2 to be in the correct key of A.

You get the full TAB for the intro and the strumming patterns when you take the intermediate course.


Take the full guitar lesson

Take the intermediate course and the full ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ guitar lesson cover:

  1. The meaning of the chord progression
  2. Strumming pattern
  3. TAB for intro
  4. Minor pentatonic licks in TAB
  5. Major pentatonic licks in TAB
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