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Tim_Madsen
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Blowing in the Wind
Dylan

A D A D E
1. How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?
A D A D E
How many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand?
A D A D E
How many times must the cannonballs fly, before they are forever banned?

A D A D E
2. How many years can a mountain exist, before it is washed out to sea?
A D A D E
How many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free?
A D A D E
How many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn't see?

A D A D E
3. How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?
A D A D E
How many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry?
A D A D E
How many deaths will it take ‘till he knows that too many people have died?

Chorus
D E A D E A
The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.

Tim Madsen
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One of my favorites Tim. I play that will a simple DDdudu on each chord and 2x on the second A of each line and it sounds acceptable to me.

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Tim_Madsen
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The good thing about a lot of Dylan's work is that if you sing the melody just about any strum pattern works fine. I'm gonna try yours tonight. Thanks.

Tim Madsen
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The good thing about a lot of Dylan's work is that if you sing the melody just about any strum pattern works fine. I'm gonna try yours tonight. Thanks.
Outside of what he is saying, the ease of playing is why I love Dylan so much.

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tinsmith
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Is that generally played capo 2nd fret?

Play as in G?


   
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Tim_Madsen
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Is that generally played capo 2nd fret?

Play as in G?
I play it just as it's written, no capo. Of coarse you can play it in any key you choose.

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Vic Lewis VL
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As with any Dylan song, the man hisself has played it so many different ways over the years it's difficult to know where to start....

I like to alternate bass notes and strums, throw in a couple of descending chord riffs....throw an F#m into the chorus, for example...

Heck, i've heard so many different versions, I'm not even sure what the original key is anymore...

But this is a good basis for negotiation...nice one Tim!!!

:D :D :D

Vic

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hello all

I finally get a recording of Bob Dylan's freewhiln and I second Nils interpretation: to me Bob is playing a bd/dudu pattern (two eight notes followed by four sixteen ones), but of course you could choose any sixteen notes pattern you'd like

Also a simple bb/ddu/bb/ddu works absolutely fine...by the way which is the real key of the song? I had a chord sheet in C key (so it's C, F, C for first line) and another one in key of D...Tim's is in key of A....I'm a bit puzzled (sorry but even if I'm having a good grasp on rhythms I'm still deaf regarding which chords. are employed...)

Matteo


   
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mattguitar
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Or play it in C with a capo on the 7th fret like the Freewheelin' version. The nice thing about this version is the descending bass line on the A string, from 3rd fret, 2nd fret then open for the D/A
Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind. Off the Album “Freewheelin'”
Note – capo on 7th fret this version.

G C c/b D/a G
How many roads must a man walk down
G C c/b D
Before you call him a man?
G C c/b D/a G
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
G C c/b D
Before she sleeps in the sand?
G C c/b D/a G
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
G C c/b D
Before they're forever banned?

chorus
C D G C
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
C D G
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

G C c/b D/a G
How many times must a man look up
G C c/b D
Before he can see the sky?
G C c/b D/a G
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
G C c/b D
Before he can hear people cry?
G C c/b D/a G
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
G C c/b D
That too many people have died?

chorus
C D G C
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
C D G
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

G C c/b D/a G
How many years can a mountain exist
G C c/b D
Before it's washed to the sea?
G C c/b D/a G
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
G C c/b D
Before they're allowed to be free?
G C c/b D/a G
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
G C c/b D
Pretending he just doesn't see?

chorus
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

can't beat a bit of Dylan...great song

Matt


   
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The good thing about a lot of Dylan's work is that if you sing the melody just about any strum pattern works fine. I'm gonna try yours tonight. Thanks.As with most songs, imho. I try not to be too literal with strumming, just get the chords down and I'm away. There's only really a few songs that need the strum to be exactly right, or very close to the original to sound 'right'. Wonderwall is the only one I can think of at the mo :)

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matteo
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The good thing about a lot of Dylan's work is that if you sing the melody just about any strum pattern works fine. I'm gonna try yours tonight. Thanks.As with most songs, imho. I try not to be too literal with strumming, just get the chords down and I'm away. There's only really a few songs that need the strum to be exactly right, or very close to the original to sound 'right'. Wonderwall is the only one I can think of at the mo :)
true, until you choose a pattern with the same resolution of the original one. I mean if the original pattern is

dd/ddu/uu/dudu (sixteen notes pattern)

you could play it

dd/ddu/dd/ddu

and it still works

If you play it with something like

d/du/d/d (eight notes straight pattern)

the song will be very different from the original one..

Matteo


   
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Misanthrope
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Aye, but different is good too :)

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Dylan6776
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G C c/b D/a G
How many roads must a man walk down
G C c/b D
Before you call him a man?

Sorry to poke my nose in guys, but this is wrong (shock! horror!).
The second line always goes back to G, and the fourth line goes to D.

*waits to be told to mind my own beeswax....* (but i'm sure)

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These things are always pretty much a collabrative effort. Whatever input you've got is hunky dorey.

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Brucie97
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hello all

I finally get a recording of Bob Dylan's freewhiln and I second Nils interpretation: to me Bob is playing a bd/dudu pattern (two eight notes followed by four sixteen ones), but of course you could choose any sixteen notes pattern you'd like

Also a simple bb/ddu/bb/ddu works absolutely fine...by the way which is the real key of the song? I had a chord sheet in C key (so it's C, F, C for first line) and another one in key of D...Tim's is in key of A....I'm a bit puzzled (sorry but even if I'm having a good grasp on rhythms I'm still deaf regarding which chords. are employed...)

Matteo
Ok, So as I'm reading through old posts looking at all I've missed, What does B stand for in the strumming pattern? (I bolded it :wink: ) D = Down strum and U = Up strum I take for granted, but what does B stand for?


   
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