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 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. In the course, we first learn it like this, then develop a picked and even finger style part.


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.

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 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

You can learn how to play Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan!

Step 1 (Chromatic and sweeping exercises 16th note cluster)Step 2 (More Chromatic and sweeping exercises 16th note clusters)Step 3 (Chromatic and sweeping exercises using Blowin’ In The Wind’s rhythm)Step 4 (Verse)Step 5 (Chorus & Instrumental)Step 6 (Picked part)Step 7 (2nd guitar part)Step 8 (Finger style).

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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