Dust in the Wind Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

Dust in the Wind by Kansas (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Dust in the Wind by Kansas is a great song to learn for fingerpickers because it uses a simple right hand pattern throughout. It not only teaches you how to play a very useful fingerpicking pattern but also how to build stamina and strength.

The pattern has been been used in countless songs and remains a popular one for fingerstyle songwriters today. Therefore it's well worth really mastering it. 

Dust in the Wind Song Facts:

  • Key - C major
  • Tempo 94 Bpm
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - Intermediate
  • Album - Point of Know Return
  • Written by Kerry Livgren

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The great thing about the intro to Dust in the Wind is that it's the same picking pattern throughout. 

If you're wanting to increase your chord vocabulary then it's also good because it uses tons of simple chord variations. 


On to the verse now and the fingerpicking pattern is still the same but sometimes you have to skip certain strings with your thumb. 

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Here the strings take charge and the acoustic guitar lays a nice blanket of arpeggiated chords for them to play over. Despite the uncommon chord shapes, we're still playing the exact same pattern with the right hand.

Enough exercises to last a lifetime!

An almost endless supply of fingerpicking patterns, strengthening your skills day-by-day.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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  1. Gregg Hermetech left a comment on 5th December 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for this great lesson, but confused about the intro. Your tab says the second line is Am ASus4 Am ASus2, but your video says it’s ASus2 ASus4 Am ASus2, so which is it?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 5th December 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Got to be a Asus2 Asus4 Am Asus2, I’ve obviously made a mistake there. I’ll get round to fixing that. Apologies.

      • Gregg Hermetech left a comment on 5th December 2018 at 4:34 pm

        No worries, thank you for clarifying!

  2. Tom Haynes left a comment on 13th January 2019 at 3:43 pm

    You are the best – I’ve used this site a lot and you do some awesome work here. Thanks!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th January 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thank you very much Tom!

  3. Caroline left a comment on 10th March 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for your patience in recording these lessons for us….even if you had to do it twice 😀
    Also I really appreciate that these are free lessons. They are invaluable!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 13th March 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Caroline, really glad you like the lessons.

  4. pat left a comment on 31st March 2019 at 8:42 pm

    This is an incredible guitar finger picking site. When I am finished with my other guitar class I will sign up!!!
    Great stuff!!


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 3rd April 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Pat, really glad that you like the site!

  5. Pavan left a comment on 21st November 2019 at 4:43 am

    This website is incredible, best resource for fingerstyle. I learned Big Love through and through from here.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 22nd November 2019 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Pavan, really pleased I helped you out!

  6. Anthony Magellan left a comment on 5th May 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Where is the tutorial for the chorus? Can’t seem to find it

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 8th May 2020 at 10:08 am

      I believe it’s at the end of the verse lesson.

  7. Amelia Ingersoll left a comment on 19th July 2020 at 6:23 am

    Hi! I love the lessons and have bought several tabs from this site. But in the chorus of Dust in the Wind, the G confuses me. You say to play on the third fret of the b string, but the tablature has it open. Could you clarify, please?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 23rd July 2020 at 11:43 am

      Hi Amelia, really glad you like my lessons. Either will work as both the notes are in the chord, so I’d go with whichever way you prefer. Thanks.

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