This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan.
Dylan wrote this classic protest song in 1964 and although it was never released as a single in the US, it still went on to become one of his most successful songs. To this day it remains one of his best-known and loved songs.
This fingerstyle arrangement of The Times They Are A-Changin' is reasonably hard to play at times but not hugely challenging if you're around the higher end of intermediate level. There's some quite big chords to grip and you'll need to have a good picking/strumming hand to play it with good technique. Having said that, as is very often the case, it's worth the effort to learn it.
OK, let's start learning how to play The Times They Are A-Changin'!
- Key - G major
- Tuning - D G D G B E
- Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced
The Times They Are A-Changin' (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of The Times They Are A-Changin', be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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The Times They Are A-Changin' Guitar Lesson
Make sure that you put your guitar into the correct tuning right away and then you're good to go. The slightly altered tuning can make the chords look and feel a little weird so spend sometime familiarising yourself with them initially. Once you're comfortable with them I'm sure that you'll really enjoy playing this arrangement of The Times They Are A-Changin'.
If you want the lyrics of The Times They Are A-Changin' and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.
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In this arrangement I've used a very simple progression for the intro and also to bridge the verses together, so feel free to use it if you want to.
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If you want to take the arrangement one step further and add some light and shade to it, then have a go at this alternate verse. It's actually easier than the first!
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