Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)

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  • Strum Lesson
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Points to Remember:

This is a great song for learning to strum!

• Only 4 chords: G, D, Am, C. The whole song simply repeats the pattern G, D, Am; G, D, C.

• You can lift up your fretting hand on the "up" strum before changing chords. That makes an Em7 chord, which sounds fine in the key of G (the key of the song). Just strum the top 4 strings (approximately).

• You can add a G note to the top of the Am and C chords for a little variation (Dylan does this). Just put your little finger on the 3rd fret of the high E string. (I do this in the Play-Along video sometimes.)

• Most strumming comes down to just swinging your arm up and down and touching the strings with the pick sometimes!

• Feel free to vary the strum pattern (but keep your arm swining up ad down). Mine is just the most basic one.

• The original song is 140 beats per minute (bpm). Slow your metronome down at first until you can do it without missing a beat.

• Trivia: Dylan wrote this song for the 1973 film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. Since then it's been done by Eric Clapton, Guns&Roses, Avril Lavigne, U2, Warren Zevon and many others!

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