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bluesmann1124
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I am into my third month playing the guitar and am somewhat proficient in all of the open chords...although I still get some buzzing now and then. Right now I am working on some early Dylan and while I have the chords down, the strumming pattern still eludes me. If anyone has any suggestions for "Blowin in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin" I would really appreciate it.


   
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lars
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Always good to see someone playing Dylan! Welcome :-)

I play a lot of Dylan myself, but I'm not really any good at deducing strumming patterns - I'll just try to play what I like/hear. Let me try to think a little aloud here (in the office, without myu guitar):

The times they are a changin - it does have kind of a 3/4 beat. Something like this should work (assuming you are familiar with this notation - else just ask )

1 & 2 & 3 &

D U D

or

D D U D U

Maybe put together something like this:


G em C G Gsus4
1 & 2 & 3 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 1 & 2 & 3 &

D D U D D U D D U D D D U D U

ga----ther round people where-ever you roam

Blowin' in the wind ... I like to finger pick it. To strum it, something like this should work:

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U
How many roads must a man walk

as I said - not my strongest side - but I hope it helps somewhat - I guess others can (will) chip in too

Good luck :-)
lars

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dogbite
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early Dylan has a jangly folk feel.
a strum down then a quick up and down...for the 3/4.
and a down with three strums for a 4/4. the strums after the first are short, loose, jangly.
to0 my ears.

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Dave T
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I learnt "Times" as: D DU DU count 1 2& 3&
"Blowin" as D D DU DU count 1 2 3& 4&

But, as others say, there is a lot of room for flexibility in these songs. I'd concentrate on getting a steady simple strum down cold then move on to working the lyrics over top of it.

These were amongst the first songs I learnt, so I still use the patterns above as a starting point. You can vary the patterns or throw in some bass-strum action as time goes by.


   
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bluesmann1124
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Thanks for the input. I plan on trying out all your suggestions this evening.


   
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