Blowin’ In The Wind chords



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. However, in the course, we first learn a simplified version using a capo on fret 2, thinking in the key of C. You’ll find chords and lyrics for this below.

Following this, we learn it just like Bob played it. There are 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 frets 2 and 7.

Finally, there is also 2nd guitar part that we construct by learning from how Bob played it, transposed 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 do not just learn how to play Blowin’ In The Wind, but also learn from the song.

It also means you can play the song with me and the singer as if w were a folk trio.


Blowin’ In The Wind chords and lyrics – Capo 2


Chords for Blowin’ In The Wind – Simplified version

| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | G5 |
Yes, and how many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand?
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly, before they’re forever banned?

| F C/E G5 | C F F/C | F C/E G5 | 2/4 C |
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

| F C/E G5 | C F F/C | F C/E G5 G/B | C |

| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
How many years can a mountain exist, before it’s washed to the sea?
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | G5 |
Yes, and how many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free?
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn’t see?

| F C/E G5 | C F F/C | F C/E G5 | 2/4 C |
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

| F C/E G5 | C F F/C | F C/E G5 G/B | C |

| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | G5 |
Yes, and how many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry?
| C F C/E | G/B C | C F C/E | C |
Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, that too many people have died?

| F C/E G5 | C F F/C | F C/E G5 | 2/4 C |
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

| F C/E G5 | C F F/C | F C/E G5 G/B | C |


Blowin’ In The Wind chords and lyrics – Capo 7


Chords for Blowin’ In The Wind – Original version

| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | G |
How many years can a mountain exist, before it’s washed to the sea?
| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | D D/A D D/A |
Yes, and how many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free?
| G C G/B | D/A D/F# G | G C G/B | G |
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn’t see?

| C G/B D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/A D | 2/4 G |
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

| C G/B D D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/F# | G |

| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | G |
How many years can a mountain exist, before it’s washed to the sea?
| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | D D/A D D/A |
Yes, and how many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free?
| G C G/B | D/A D/F# G | G C G/B | G |
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn’t see?

| C G/B D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/A D | 2/4 G |
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

| C G/B D D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/F# | G |

| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | G |
How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?
| G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | D D/A D D/A |
Yes, and how many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry?
| G C G/B | D/A D/F# G | G C G/B | G |
Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, that too many people have died?

| C G/B D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/A D | 2/4 G |
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

| C G/B D D/A D/F# | G C C/G | C G/B D/F# | G |


Blowin’ In The Wind chord progression and slash chords – Capo 2

Only using the I, IV, and V chords, Blowin’ In The Wind keeps the interest up using slash chords to bind the chords together as bass lines and a 2/4 bar.

As we play the song using a capo on fret 2, notice how the V chord (a G5 chord) is used at the end of the middle line of the verse. The chorus starts on the IV chord, giving us a sense of moving forward.

Finally, the instrumental section is similar to the chorus but not the same.

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 chord is used as a bass note, it moves smoother from F to C this way.
G/B – The 3rd of the G chord is used as a bass note, it moves more smoothly to C this way.
F/C – The 5th of the F chord is used to keep the interest up when an F chord lasts for more than just two beats.


Bob Dylan’s original version – Capo 7

By studying Bob’s part in exact detail we find many more chords than the simplified version you saw above.

Notice how the D chord appears as a D/A and D/F# as well as a plain D.

Remember, the chorus starts on the IV chord, make sure you can see/feel this, even though the key is different from what you saw above in the key of C.


2nd guitar part – no capo

I’ve recorded a 2nd guitar part without a capo, learn this and we can play Blowin’ In The Wind together.

Instead of strumming, I pick the notes for this part, as strumming would clash with the first guitar.

This 2nd guitar is inspired by the way many hired hand guitarists would approach backing up an artist that plays guitar and sings.

If you want to become a professional guitarist, rather than an artist, you should focus on this kind of part playing.

Perhaps the finest example of this is found in The Verve’s 2nd guitar for The Drugs Don’t Work.


Practice chromatic and sweeping exercises to improve your strumming

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 are 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 – 8 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).

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind – 8 Guitar Lessons.


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.


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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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