In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you how to play “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan. This is a really simple tune, just 4 chords, and they’re all pretty basic. If you’re just starting to play guitar this one is perfect (and if you’ve been playing for a while, it’s still a classic song and definitely worth learning 🙂
Throughout the lesson I mention our eBook, which is free to all subscribers. If you need extra help with the chords or any of the fundamentals of guitar, you can find it here: https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/
We start out by showing you the chords necessary to play this tune: G, C, D and Am7. Then we quickly go over some switching tips (leaving the 3rd finger down when switching from G to D is really helpful!). Afterwards, we practice going through the chords, in order, using downstrokes only.
In the next part of the tutorial, we cover the strumming pattern. It’s a really common one: Down, Root, Down, Down-up (D-R-D-Du). I show you what the “roots” of each chord are (also in our eBook, btw) and then we play through the tune with the pattern.
It’s that simple! In the future I’d like to do the Guns ‘n Roses version – let me know down below if you’d like to see it too!
Knocking On Heaven’s Door Chords: