A Change Is Gonna Come

Learn How To Play A Change is Gonna Come

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


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

Chord progression intro

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 read the intro by just seeing the chords. ore on this 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 |

Guitar Lessons

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this firsts step, we learn two extremely detailed TAB examples which are exact transcriptions of what I play in the video with the singer.

Out of all 8 steps, this is by far the most difficult. It is also the most complex lesson so far in this course.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 1.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 2

Luckily, this step is much easier to nail than step 1, which was testing, to say the least.

Now we’re dealing with chord II and VI mainly. The rhythm is super repetitive and you could even make up your own variations.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 2.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 3

The easiest step among these 8 is here, playing the intro.

Ironically, it looks the most complicated if you focus on the chord names. In the video lesson, I talk about why these chords have the names they do.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 3.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 4

It’s time to play the complete song. As you’ve practiced each section individually, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Still, the verse strumming is difficult. Try copying me in detail as well as just playing along, not worrying too much about it.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 4.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 5

Is it an F# Minor Pentatonic, or is it an A Major Pentatonic? That is the question you must answer today by being able to hear the difference.

This is definitely not easy as they have the same notes!

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 5.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 6

The secret to hit melody writing is revealed in this step. Let’s learn from Sam Cooke, he’s definitely one of the best!

Having something to say certainly helps, although to get on the radio, you got to hit the correct intervals as well…

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 6.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 7

In this step, we look at how you could construct a 2nd guitar part that will work with me and the singer.

Start by playing as the TAB show and I explain in the video lesson, then try varying it.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 7.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 8

The time has come to play with me and the singer as if we were meant to play together.

Use the 2nd guitar part ideas you learned in the last step as your foundation. Every time you play it again, modify it.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come step 8.

Related Pages


A Change Is Gonna ComeI 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

al-green-thumbAl 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

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 emerging label Motown. However, Aretha’s dominant father/manager had other ideas.

Go to Aretha Franklin biography.

Sam Cooke

sam-cooke-thumbSam Cooke’s 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, Wonderful World and Bring It On Home To Me.

Go to Sam Cooke biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.

Go to Intermediate guitar course.

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.

Go to Intermediate acoustic songs.


All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

Go to Intermediate guitar exercises.

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