A Change Is Gonna Come


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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song

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‘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 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.

Chord progression verse and chorus

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 |

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

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