Blowin’ In The Wind

Learn How To Play Blowin’ In The Wind

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


About

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.


Chord progression

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.

Verse

| 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 |

Chorus

| F C/E G | C F F/C | F C/E G | 2/4 C |

Instrumental

| 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.


Guitar Lessons


Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 1

Before we start working on Blowin’ In The Wind, we first practice some chromatic and sweeping exercises.

The first two use the rhythm of one 8th, two 16th notes.

Go to Chromatic and sweeping exercises step 1.


Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 2

In this step, we practice another couple of chromatic and sweeping exercises.

Spend up to twenty minutes doing this before you move on to the final set of exercises in step 3.

Go to Chromatic and sweeping exercises step 2.


Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 3

In this final step, we practice the same rhythm you’ll use when playing Blowin’ In The Wind.

This is easier than previous examples for the chromatic version but much, much more difficult for the sweeping pattern.

Go to Chromatic and sweeping exercises step 3.


Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Let’s learn the verse of Blowin’ In The Wind using a capo on fret 2.

What you’ll hear is in the key of D, however, you must think as if in the key of C.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind step 1.


Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 2

In this step, you’ll learn the chorus and instrumental sections.

When you can play these two sections you can play the complete song, which we do together at the end of this step.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind step 2.


Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 3

We shouldn’t play exactly the same thing as each other.

In this step you pick the part as I strum, now we sound like a duo, a much better idea when playing together.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind step 3.


Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 4

Let’s remove that capo and create a picked part using the chords D, G, and A.

When you practiced along to the loop enough, try it with me and the singer again. We should now sound even better together.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind step 4.


Blowin’ In The Wind – Step 5

In this final step, we play Blowin’ In The Wind finger style.

The capo is back at fret 2 as we play this thinking in the key of C again.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind step 5.


Related Pages


Lyrics

Blowin In The WIndHow 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

bob-dylan-thumbWidely 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 even say he invented modern songwriting.

Go to Bob Dylan biography.


Course

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.


Exercises

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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