Blowin' in the Wind Guitar Lesson

Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan – Fingerstyle Guitar lesson

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!

Song Details:

  • 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.

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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

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. jean francois bonet darcy left a comment on 30th May 2020 at 11:18 am

    Thanks Chris for one more fabulous rendition of a tune by the great Bob Dylan. I particularly like the single notes transition between the fingerstyle movements……awesome and effective !!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 31st May 2020 at 8:31 pm

      It’s a pleasure, really glad you like it.

  2. Bud Audas left a comment on 10th June 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Chris…
    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise in fingerpicking guitar. I can finally fingerpick.
    It’s great and you are an excellent tescher..
    Have lesrned freight train, dust in the wind. and now working on blowin in the wind.

    If you ever have some extra time msybe you could put together a beginner version of Wildwood flower..the ones ifound all use chet style and more advanced than i am at the present. Msybe

    Again thank you,
    Bud Audas
    Des Moines, Ia

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 11th June 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Really glad to have helped you out Bud, hope I can continue to do so. Thanks a lot.

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