You can learn how to play Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan!
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 G, using a capo on fret seven, it comes out in the key of D.
My arrangement is an attempt to play it just like Bob did, note for note. In the course, we first learn a simplified version using a capo on fret 2, thinking in C.
Following this, we learn it just like Bob played it. There’s TAB and practice loops for individual sections as well as a complete performance of the full song with a singer, both using a capo on fret 2 and 7.
Finally, there is also 2nd guitar part that we construct by learning from how Bob played it, translate that to the open position. We now think in D and only pick the notes.
Learning all three versions of the song will ensure that you not just learn how to play Blowin’ In The WInd, but also learn from the song.
Chords – Capo 2
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 using a capo on fret 2.
| 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 |
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.
Chords – Capo 7
By studying Bob’s part in exact detail we find many more chords than the simplified version you saw above. This is what he plays.
| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | G |
| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | D D/A D D/A |
| G C G/B | D/A D/F# G | G C G/B | G |
| C G/B D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/A D | 2/4 G |
| C G/B D D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/F# | G |
Practice Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises to Improve Your Strumming Technique
Since strumming Blowin’ In The Wind is so quick, you may need to improve on your picking accuracy. It would be easy to think that strumming exercises is the way forward, but unfortunately, they will only get you so far.
When you start digging into how this song is actually played you’ll see how it is a combination of plucking bass notes and strumming chords.
So simply strumming exercises won’t be enough. Instead, we need to dig deeper and practice more chromatic and sweeping exercises.
These will fine tune your accuracy, which in turn will improve how you play the surprisingly sophisticated strumming technique Bob Dylan employed for Blowin’ In The Wind.
Blowin’ In The Wind – Guitar Lessons
Bob Dylan’s first hit, Blowin’ In The Wind was originally played using a capo on fret 7, thinking in the key of G.
During the 8 lessons, you’ll learn it just like Bob played it but why stop there? We also play it with a capo on fret 2 (key of C) as well as without a capo (key of D).
Blowin’ In The Wind – Lyrics
How 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 – Biography
Widely 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 he invented modern songwriting.
Go to Bob Dylan – Biography.
Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs
You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!
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.
Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.