Blowin in the Wind Advanced Tab - Advanced Fingerstyle Tab
Blowin in the Wind Advanced Tab, by Boy Dylan at Ultimate-Guitar-Online.Com, arrangement by Chet Atkins
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- Blowin' In The Wind Advanced Tab 1
- Blowin' In The Wind Advanced Tab 2
In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will show you very cool advanced fingerstyle version of the classic Bob Dylan song Blowin' in the Wind. Chet Atkins also made a great arrangement of Blowin' in the Wind as well. If this Advanced Tab of Blowin in the Wind proves to be a bit too difficult for you, try the Intermediate Version first, master it and then come back and tackle this version.
This lesson is available in the following formats:
Blowin' in the Wind Adanced Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!
Blowin' in the Wind Advanced Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you !
The rhythm for this song is located on the second track of the Guitar Pro file above. It lists all of the chords, chord diagrams and timing for the song. You can use that file to practice your lead for this song.
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Ultimate Guitar Tab Tips on This Selection:
The biggest challenge of this version of Blowin' in the Wind is the syncopation of almost the entire song. Although it may not first appear to be syncopated because the syncopation is all done within the constraints of eighth notes, you will soon find in playing through this melody, that a times you will loose your way.
Do not become discouraged by this in the least bit as the driving element of this song is still the alternating bass. All of the lead notes and thirds are played "around" this alternating bass. Make sure you practice the intermediate version first to drive this into you head. This way you can concentrate more on the syncopation. Look at the alternating bass and notice how the notes are played ON this beat, in other words on the counts of 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. Most of the syncopation is on the upbeat or offbeat of each note.
Take a look at the bass runs in measures 8 & 9, 11 & 12, 19 & 20. The E7th runs will especially difficult to master. Work them through slowly, keeping your thumb picking the alternating bass all the time. If you purchase the Guitar Pro version, slow down the timing to around 60 or 80 bpm to slowly go through these sections.
Also we have played around a bit with some octaves in measures 13 & 14, 17 & 18. You will hit the A on the 5th fret of the 1st string as opposed to the A on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string.
Once you have this song practiced to a point where you can play it smoothly without any breaks in rhythm, try to what I call, humanize it a bit by varying the syncopation just a bit and removing the strict timing that the Guitar Pro file exhibits. (note that you can select the humanize tool in Guitar Pro to do this as well).
Guitar Pro has a really cool feature called speed trainer. you can set a loop of accompaniment chords to be played and after each loop the speed increased by a percent that you specify. I love this feature and it gives you milestone very clearly as to you speed conditioning.
Each quarter note = one beat in the measure so there are 4 quarter notes in just about every measure.
Memorize Your Ultimate Guitar Tab:
Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.