In this Blowin' in the Wind fingerstyle guitar lesson we're going to be learning a reasonably straightforward arrangement of this iconic little song.
Blowin' in the Wind was written by American folk singer Bob Dylan in 1962 and the song appears on his 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
I've tried to keep things pretty simple for this arrangement, just outlining the chord changes with an alternating bassline whilst simultaneously playing the melody on the higher strings.
I've also added a few subtle changes to the chord progression here and there, and have put in a few optional licks in places, just to sweeten things up a little bit.
Anyway, let's start learning how to play Blowin' in the Wind!
- Key - G major (without a capo)
- Capo - 4th fret (optional)
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - intermediate
Blowin' in the Wind (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Blowin' in the Wind, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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The Intro/Verse Lesson for Blowin' in the Wind
In this first lesson we're taking a look at the intro and the verse of Blowin' in the Wind. The intro is tiny and very easy to play, the verse, however, is considerably more involved and there's a lot more to learn. Having said that, it's not too hard, there are no difficult chords to play and the melody is also pretty simple throughout.
If you want just the lyrics and chords of Blowin' in the Wind in their most basic form, then you can find them here.
How to Play the Chorus
The chorus is certainly no harder than the verse, it's the same chords but laid out in a slightly different progression.
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How to Play the Bridge
After the chorus Dylan plays a quick harmonica part, I'm calling this section the bridge. Again, it's certainly no harder than any of the rest of the song and when you get this part down you've pretty much learnt the whole thing.
Want to learn more fingertsyle arrangements of famous songs?
In this last lesson I teach you how to play the ending of Blowin' in the Wind and also a fun fill that you can use if you want to spice up the arrangement a little bit.
Structure of Blowin' in the Wind
Intro, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus, Bridge
Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Knocking' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan), Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles), Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library
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