Blowin’ In The Wind

Learn How To Play Blowin’ In The Wind

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Blowin’ In The Wind was Bob Dylan‘s breakthrough song. Fifty years later, 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.

My arrangement is an attempt to play it just like Bob did.

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.


| 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 |


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


| 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

Guitar Lessons

Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 1

Let’s learn the verse of Blowin’ In The Wind using a capo on fret 2.

What you’ll hear is in the key of D, however, you must think as if in the key of C.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind Step 1.

Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 2

In this step, you’ll learn the chorus and instrumental sections.

When you can play these two sections you can play the complete song, which we do together at the end of this step.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind Step 2.

Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 3

We shouldn’t play exactly the same thing as each other.

In this step you pick the part as I strum, now we sound like a duo, a much better idea when playing together.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind Step 3.

Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 4

Let’s remove that capo and create a picked part using the chords D, G, and A.

When you practiced along to the loop enough, try it with me and the singer again. We should now sound even better together.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind Step 4.

Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 5

In this final step, we play Blowin’ In The Wind fingerstyle.

The capo is back at fret 2 as we play this thinking in the key of C again.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind Step 5.

Related Pages


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?

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind Lyrics.


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 even say he invented modern songwriting.

Go to Bob Dylan Biography.


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Intermediate Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the acoustic guitar.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

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