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.
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