How to Play Knocking on Heaven’s Door on Guitar

How to Play Knocking on Heaven’s Door on Guitar


what’s up guys Jon MacLennan here hope
you’re having a great day and in this lesson I’m gonna show you how to play
knockin on heaven’s door by Bob Dylan we’re gonna learn an easy strumming
version of this song it just uses a couple chords before we get into the
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let’s break it down let me play the main progression that goes through this whole
song for you it sounds like this you we’re just gonna use four cords we’re
gonna play GD a minor and C let me show you those chords first G we’re gonna
play our second finger on the third fret of the E string and then you can put
your first finger on the second fret of the a string open D open G third finger
on the third fret of the B string and fourth finger on the third fret of the E
string this is a gene we’ll play all six strings now when I play G I actually
take off my first finger and just mute the a string so that’s how I play it but
most people play it this way so we’ll play G and then the next chord in our
progression is D and D we’re gonna play from the D string down open first finger
on the second fret of the g string third finger on the third fret of the B string
and second finger on the second fret of the E string it’s gonna be D next up is
a minor we’ll play from the a string down open
second finger on the second fret of the D string third finger on the second fret
of the g string first finger on the first fret of the B string and open E that’s a minor now when I play this
chord I actually just used two fingers and cover two strings with one finger so
when I play that looks like that but I’m still playing the same a minor that
everybody plays so the last chord we’re gonna learn is C and to get there from
this a minor you just take your third finger and put it on the third fret of
the a string so we’re gonna play 3 to open one open starting with that a
string so those are the chords we need to play
the whole song let’s put them into our progression here’s what it’s gonna sound
like three four so in the first measure we have two chords so we’re gonna split
that up with two beats on each chord so we’ll start with the G we’ll go to then
on the third beat we’ll go to D so two beats on each chord – four then we’re
gonna go to a minor for a whole measure or four counts two three four then we’re
gonna do the same progression again but instead of a minor we’re gonna play a C
so we’ll do two beats on G to two beats on day and now for B let’s see so just
swaps out that last chord so the first time G T a minor two three four then
again two three four so as you’re getting used to these changes you might
want to start with just a simple what we call a quarter note strum we’re gonna
play all downs and we’re just gonna go to each scrum gets one beat and we’ll
put that with the progression like this down down so start with that and as that gets more comfortable you
can start to add a little bit of like a sixteenth note pattern now the rhythm on
the recording is not really consistent it’s Bob Dylan and they’re just sort of
like jamming and playing in the field of the song which is the way I would
approach playing this I wouldn’t just stick to one pattern the whole time
but let me show you how you can get into doing that so maybe you start with the
one two three four just the quarter note and then you start to add some more like
you can go one and two and three four and just do like on the third beat go
down down up down down up so that’d be beats three and four like this three and
so maybe you go quarter note her notes and then and it’s a good idea to kind of play a
little bit more after the melody so for instance knocking on heaven’s door the store so I’m I’m getting a little busier when
the melody stops so I don’t want to play on top of the melody but in those gaps
you can fill it out a little bit more there it is knocking on heaven’s door
just four chords and an easy strumming pattern try jamming along with the song
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