Blowin’ In The Wind

Learn how to play Blowin’ In The Wind just like Dylan did!

Blowin’ In The Wind’ was Bob Dylan‘s breakthrough song. Fifty years on he still plays it live.

The original part was played as if in the key of C. Using a capo on fret two, it comes out in the key of D. This is exactly how it’s done in the video lesson as well.


Chord progression

Only using the I, IV and V chords, ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ keeps the interest up by adding bass lines and a mystery half time bar.

The bass line is notated as slash chords. These are the chords:

Verse

| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | G |
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |

Chorus

| F C/E G | C F F/C | F C/E G | 2/4 C |

Instrumental

| F C/E G | C F F/C | F C/E G G/B | C |

You get a complete TAB chart for how this is played in the video lesson when you take the full intermediate course.


Slash chords

Instead of playing just C, F and G, there are a bunch of slash chords that bind the progression together through a bass line. Let’s look at them:

C/E – The 3rd of the C is used as a bass note, it moves smoother from F to C this way
G/B – The 3rd of the G is used as a bass note, it moves more smoothly to C this way
F/C – The 5th of the F is used to keep the interest up when an F chord lasts for more than just two beats

Learn more in the intermediate course, the full lesson contains:

  • Full chord progression analysis
  • Full TAB
  • The mystery 2/4 bar
  • Strumming pattern
  • How to play it finger style
  • A 2nd guitar part
  • A complete chart
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