You can learn how to play A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke!

A Change Is Gonna Come is a single by Sam Cooke. It was inspired by Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind which 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!

Both these songs are put under the microscope in the intermediate acoustic course.


Intro chords

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 unique and complex, it would make more sense to first learn this using TAB, rather than reading the chord names.

Once fully understood, you can easily play the intro by just reading the chords. I’ll take you through exactly how this works in 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 |


A Change Is Gonna Come – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke!

Step 1 (Verse/Chorus)Step 2 (M8)Step 3 (Intro)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (Minor or major pentatonic?)Step 6 (Vocal melody)Step 7 (2nd guitar part)Step 8 (2nd guitar, play along).


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.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics.


Al Green – Biography

Al Green is an American gospel and soul singer who has enjoyed great popularity since the early 70s.

Among his hits, you’ll find Let’s Stay Together and Take Me To The River as well as covers of A Change Is Gonna Come, Unchained Melody, Light My Fire, and My Girl.

Go to Al Green – Biography.


Aretha Franklin – Biography

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Considered by most critics and peers as the greatest singer of all time.

Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal in 1960, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s label Motown. However, Aretha’s father had other ideas.

Go to Aretha Franklin – Biography.


Sam Cooke – Biography

Sam Cooke has been called The King Of Soul. His legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.

Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including You Send Me, Chain Gang, A Change Is Gonna Come, and Wonderful World.

Go to Sam Cooke – Biography.

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