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I have a question about Knocking on Heavens Door by Dylan

The chords G 1 2 3 4/ D 1 2 3 4 / Am 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 / G 1 2 3 4 / D 1 2 3 4 / C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Are they all down strums or do you actually brush the E-B-G Strings on the way back up ?

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(@greybeard)
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Here's a dump from a guitarpro tab
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Bob Dylan
Guitar
Have fun!!

Play this one time for the intro..
^ ^ ^ ^ v
Q Q Q E E
E||--------------------------------------------3----3--3--|
B||--------------------------------------------0----0--0--|
G||*-------------------------------------------0----0--0--|
D||*--0-----------------------------------0----0----------|
A||---2-----------------------------------2----2----------|
E||---3-----------------------------------3----3----------|

then 4 times for the 2 verses and the to chorus.
^ v ^ v ^ ^ v
E E E E Q E E
--2------------------------------------------------2--2--2--2----2--2--|
--3------------------------------------------------3--3--3--3----3--3--|
--2------------------------------------------------2--2--2--2----2--2--|
--0------------------------------------------------0--0--0--0----0--0--|
-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

In the intro its also picking,but thats easy to
^ ^ ^ ^ v
Q Q Q E E
--0----0--------------------------------------------------0----0--0--|
--1----1--------------------------------------------------1----1--1--|
--0----0--------------------------------------------------0----0--0--|
--2----2--------------------------------------------------2----2--2--|
--0----0--------------------------------------------------0----0--0--|
---------------------------------------------------------------------|

find out when you have the chords
v ^ v ^ v ^ v
E E E E E E E E
-----0--0--0--0---------------------------------0--0--0--|
-----1--1--1--1---------------------------------1--1--1--|
-----0--0--0--0---------------------------------0--0--0--|
-----2--2--2--2---------------------------------2--2--2--|
-----0--0--0--0---------------------------------0--0--0--|
---------------------------------------------------------|

Press F5 for the lyrics...
^ ^ ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ ^ v
Q Q Q E E E E E E Q E E
------------3----3--3--|--2--2--------------------------2--2--2----2--2--|
------------0----0--0--|--3--3--------------------------3--3--3----3--3--|
------------0----0--0--|--2--2--------------------------2--2--2----2--2--|
--0----0----0----------|--0--0--------------------------0--0--0----0--0--|
--2----2----2----------|-------------------------------------------------|
--3----3----3----------|-------------------------------------------------|

The chords are: G D AM7 and G D C
^ ^ ^ ^ v
Q Q Q E E
--0----------------------------------0----0----0--0--|
--1----------------------------------1----1----1--1--|
--0----------------------------------0----0----0--0--|
--2----------------------------------2----2----2--2--|
--3----------------------------------3----3----3--3--|
--0----------------------------------0----0----0--0--|

v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ ^ ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ ^ v
E E E E E E E E Q Q Q E E E E E E Q E E
-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|------------3----3--3--|--2--2--2--2--2----2--2--|
-----1--1--1--1--1--1--1--|------------0----0--0--|--3--3--3--3--3----3--3--|
-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|------------0----0--0--|--2--2--2--2--2----2--2--|
-----2--2--2--2--2--2--2--|--0----0----0----------|--0--0--0--0--0----0--0--|
-----3--3--3--3--3--3--3--|--2----2----2----------|-------------------------|
-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|--3----3----3----------|-------------------------|

^ ^ ^ ^ v v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ ^ ^ ^ v
Q Q Q E E E E E E E E E E Q Q Q E E
--0----0----0----0--0--|-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|------------3----3--3--|
--1----1----1----1--1--|-----1--1--1--1--1--1--1--|------------0----0--0--|
--0----0----0----0--0--|-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|------------0----0--0--|
--2----2----2----2--2--|-----2--2--2--2--2--2--2--|--0----0----0----------|
--0----0----0----0--0--|-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|--2----2----2----------|
-----------------------|--------------------------|--3----3----3----------|

^ v ^ v ^ ^ v ^ ^ ^ ^ v v ^ v ^ v ^ v
E E E E Q E E Q Q Q E E E E E E E E E E
--2--2--2--2--2----2--2--|--0----0----0----0--0--|-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
--3--3--3--3--3----3--3--|--1----1----1----1--1--|-----1--1--1--1--1--1--1--|
--2--2--2--2--2----2--2--|--0----0----0----0--0--|-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
--0--0--0--0--0----0--0--|--2----2----2----2--2--|-----2--2--2--2--2--2--2--|
-------------------------|--3----3----3----3--3--|-----3--3--3--3--3--3--3--|
-------------------------|--0----0----0----0--0--|-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

^ ^ ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ ^ v ^ ^ ^ ^ v
Q Q Q E E E E E E Q E E Q Q Q E E
------------3----3--3--|--2--2--2--2--2----2--2--|--0----0----0----0--0--|
------------0----0--0--|--3--3--3--3--3----3--3--|--1----1----1----1--1--|
------------0----0--0--|--2--2--2--2--2----2--2--|--0----0----0----0--0--|
--0----0----0----------|--0--0--0--0--0----0--0--|--2----2----2----2--2--|
--2----2----2----------|-------------------------|--0----0----0----0--0--|
--3----3----3----------|-------------------------|-----------------------|

Let fade out..........
v ^ v ^ v ^ v
E E E E E E E E 6x
-----0--0----------------------0--0--0--0--0---||-----||
-----1--1----------------------1--1--1--1--1---||-----||
-----0--0----------------------0--0--0--0--0--*||-----||
-----2--2----------------------2--2--2--2--2--*||-----||
-----0--0----------------------0--0--0--0--0---||-----||
-----------------------------------------------||-----||

Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole
H - half
Q - quarter
E - 8th
S - 16th
T - 32nd
X - 64th
. - note dotted
|-n-| - n-tuplets

Tablature Legend
----------------
L - tied note
x - dead note
g - grace note
(n) - ghost note
> - accentuded note
NH - natural harmonic
AH - artificial harmonic
TH - tapped harmonic
SH - semi harmonic
PH - pitch harmonic
h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend
br - bendRelease
pb - preBend
pbr - preBendRelease
brb - bendReleaseBend
n/ - tremolo bar dip
n - tremolo bar dive
-/n - tremolo bar Release up
/n - tremolo bar inverted dip
/n - tremolo bar return
-n - tremolo bar Release down
S - shift slide
s - legato slide
/ - slide into from below or out of upwards
- slide into from above or out of downwards
~ - vibrato
W - wide vibrato
tr - trill
TP - tremolo picking
T - tapping
S - slap
P - pop
< - fade in
^ - brush up
v - brush down

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if you search in the database there is a specific topic about it with a David Hodge post too. In any case the chord progression goes like this

G (2beats) D (2 beats) Am (4 beats)

G (2beats) D (2 beats) C (4 beats)

Regarding the pattern you could play it in several ways

a good one for a full measure is Bb/ddu/Bb/Ddu but also D/du u/D/du u or dd/ddu/dd/ddu (I separate every beat by a slash)

A simpler is D/Du/D/Du

As you said it is better to hit treble strings only with the upstrokes

The simplest possible pattern is all quarter-note downstrokes lie this D/D/D/D

Matteo


   
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(@barnabus-rox)
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Hey thanks

For the thread I'm trying to learn this song to ..

Matteo whats Bd ? Is that bass down mate ?

Hilch :?:

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Hey thanks

For the thread I'm trying to learn this song to ..

Matteo whats Bd ? Is that bass down mate ?

Hilch :?:

Exactly Bass strum and then a down strum

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One last question on this song sorry to be such a pest and take over xxxx 's thread , but when I set my click track at :

Tempo - 120

Beats per measure - 4

Number of measures - 32

The song seems to go to fast ( or that might just be me )

Are my settings right or do they need altering

HiLcH :?:

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And here is to me as bad as I am
As good as you are and as bad as I am
I'm as good as you are as bad as I am


   
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I'm also learning this song!
Well, I say learning, there isn't meach to learn - its a fairly easy song.

But I'm doing the Avril Lavigne version :).

Anyway... Personally, I wouldn't play it EXACTLY how they play it - Become your own!

You will never become another Slash, because we've already had one. You won't become another Jimi Hendrix, because we've had one!
But you can become the first "You".

When I play the Avril Lavigne song, as long as the rhythm is roughly the same - you can't go wrong. Obviously the tune needs to be there, and the structure.

For example, on the Avril Lavigne version, her guitarist plays..

C 2 3 4 G 2 3 4 Dm 2 3 4 C 2 3 4
v v ^ v v ^ v v v^v ^ v etc

(roughly anyway! I couldn't get the ups and downs under the right notes!)
Does that make sense?

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One last question on this song sorry to be such a pest and take over xxxx 's thread , but when I set my click track at :

Tempo - 120

Beats per measure - 4

Number of measures - 32

The song seems to go to fast ( or that might just be me )

Are my settings right or do they need altering

HiLcH :?:
Hi Hilch 120 bpm is way too fast....I'm not 100% sure but judging by ear I would say that Bob Dylan plays it around 75-80 bpm. Consider that all ballads are more or less from 65 to 80 bpm. A song like Kiss's "Forever" which is not a proper ballad is about 88-90 bpm, 120 bpm is a quite fast song. To talk about Bob Dylan I guess that a song like "Tangled up in blue" is around 120 bpm....Anyway instead of play it on the metronome you could play it alongside the record: I think it is easier to find the proper speed

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Thanks Matteo

I'll slow it down to 75 and see

thanks

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And here is to me as bad as I am
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A local band (Off Bass) has asked me to play this with them. I keep telling them I'm just a beginner but they love it when someone joins them whether it's singing, another guitar, etc.

Another month or so I might give it a shot…… damn, I can't sing either! I need to practice playing while standing. I'll let you know if I have the nerve or not.

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Don't even think about it, just tell them that you'll do it. The commitment will take a lot of the stress off about whether or not you should do it or not. Especially if you are joining in as an aexta guitar. They won't be relying just on your playing. It will be a great experience for and go a long way toward your development. The best advice I can give you is to just not think about it, but go do it!

Good luck!

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MRJONESEY - thanks!

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Don't even think about it, just tell them that you'll do it. The commitment will take a lot of the stress off about whether or not you should do it or not. Especially if you are joining in as an aexta guitar. They won't be relying just on your playing. It will be a great experience for and go a long way toward your development. The best advice I can give you is to just not think about it, but go do it!

Good luck!

Well, when did I post this? Way back in May, Huh? The time has come, I will be playing with these guys tomorrow night at a small bar. One of the guys from OFF-BASS came to my house (Saturday) and we went over the rythym (strumming patterns) for a couple of songs. The very next day, I sorta lost the strumming patterns, but, I'm not worried. I've been practicing very hard and I'm confident I can follow along once we get started.

"Margaritaville"
"Knockin on Heaven's door"
"Last time"
"Bad Moon rising"

When I see him tomorrow I'll have to tell him "Bad Moon Rising" is out. I can (barely) play it but it doesn't sound good. "Last Time" - I'll give it a shot, it will be close. The other 2, I should nail - EASY!

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Hi,

Here comes the Guns N'Roses-Intro of this great song:

G D Dsus2 C G

E||3-------3-------|------2-0-------|---------------0-|-----------------|3
B||3---------3---3-|----3-----3---3-|---------1-------|----1------------|3
G||0-----------0---|--2---------2---|0----------0-----|--0---0--------0-|0
D||0---------------|0---------------|0h-2---2-----2---|2-------0h-2-----|0
A||2---------------|----------------|-----3-----------|-------------3---|2
E||3---------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|3 ...


   
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(@rjnix_0329)
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Thank you very much! Never heard a version of this song I didn't like, but nothing can beat the original Dylan version!

Thanks again.


   
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