Kansas – Dust In The Wind Video Guitar Lessons

This video guitar lesson is designed to teach you all of the beautiful guitar parts for "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas. This song is one of the most popular fingerstyle guitar guitar pieces ever written. As incredible as this song sounds it is actually only one fingerpicking pattern throughout, making it a great piece to learn.

The fingerpicking style that we are working with in "Dust In the Wind" is called Travis picking. Travis picking is the technique of using the thump to pick two repetitive bass notes to create a rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the song. It is used by not only Kansas, but by such players as Lindsay Buckingham and Chet Atkins as well.

Within these video lessons you will learn all of the intricacies of this gorgeous piece of music from the acoustic guitar parts to the viola/violin solo. That's right, in this video guitar lesson series I have also arranged the classic viola and violin solo section for guitar to give you a complete study of this classic rock masterpiece.

There are actually two guitars playing during the original recording of "Dust In The Wind". One guitar is in standard tuning and the other is using Nashville tuning. Nashville tuning is the process of tuning the EADG (6543) strings an octave higher than standard. This almost gives a 12 string guitar effect to the song. Within this video guitar lesson I will be using a standard tuned guitar throughout. Good luck!! 😀

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"Dust In The Wind" Intro & Verse

"Dust In The Wind" Chorus, Bridge & Outro

"Dust In The Wind" Solo (String Section)

"Dust In The Wind" Full Performance For Study


  1. michael whitley says:

    thanks for teaching this song Carl.

  2. Rahul Vimal says:

    Hey Carl,
    This is really a great song and a great lesson too. Can you please teach the classical version of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons without the capo ???? Much appreciated.

  3. William Leonard says:

    Working on this song….would also like to learn Dan Fogelberg “Leader of the Band”. You probably already know it!

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