A Change is Gonna Come
Chords and strumming
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A Change Is Gonna Come chords and strumming
The song achieved great commercial success and has been covered by many famous singers, including Bob Dylan!
The video lessons show both hands of a one guitar arrangement of the song, the intro is the most difficult part.
Chord progression intro
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.
As the chord names are so complex, it would make more sense to learn this using TAB than reading the chord names, you get this when you take the course.
| G6 G | D6/F# | Em | D/A Bm7 | C Gsus4/B |
| Am7 C/G | A7sus4 | D7 D7sus4 | D7 |
Apply a capo on fret 2 to be in the correct key of A.
Verse and chorus chords
The verse/chorus chords are 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 |
You get the full TAB for the intro and the strumming patterns when you take the intermediate course, the full lesson cover:
- The meaning of the chord progression
- Strumming pattern
- TAB for intro
- Minor pentatonic licks in TAB
- Major pentatonic licks in TAB
A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics
I was born by the river in a little tent
And just like that river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die
For complete lyrics, go to A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics.
Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including ‘You Send Me’, ‘Chain Gang’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Bring It On Home To Me’.
To find out more, go to Sam Cooke biography.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course
You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.
Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons
‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.
To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs
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