Blowin’ In The Wind

Blowin’ In The Wind

Chords and strumming

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Blowin’ In The Wind chords and strumming


About

‘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 using bass lines and a 2/4 bar. 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 |


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 fingerstyle
  • A 2nd guitar part
  • A complete chart

Related Pages


Blowin’ In The Wind – Lyrics

Blowin In The WIndHow many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes and how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes and how many times must the cannonballs fly

For complete lyrics, go to Blowin’ In The Wind lyrics.


Bob Dylan – Biography

bob-dylan-thumbWidely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song.

Some might even say that he invented modern songwriting. It is difficult to find an artist active post ’60 who has not been heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, directly or indirectly.

To find out more, go to Bob Dylan biography.


Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

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


Exercises

All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

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


Tunes

Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘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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