In this Knockin' On Heaven's Door guitar chords video lesson, I will show you the four simple guitar chords (along with some easy variations) that make up this all-time classic by Bob Dylan.
The tuning is standard tuning, E A D G B E.
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" is the very first song I learned to play on the guitar. It is a great song for the beginner guitarist to learn basic chord changes and to practice keeping their strumming in rhythm.
Speaking of strumming, I will talk a little bit about that in the video and give my views on it. I feel that beginner players are too focused on learning a pattern to play instead of intuitively listening to the rhythm and copying it. My beginner guitar courses in the GL365 Academy develop this skill of intuitively feeling rhythm very quickly. It is a method that I have had great success with over my decades of provate teaching. Once you teach the student to feel rhythm properly, the patterns just happen naturally. I feel that when someone is focusing on a pattern, the playing will almost always sound rigid and instead, they should start to learn from the very beginning how more experienced players feel and play strumming pattens. The process is actually very very simple.
Even though Bob uses the same chord progression for the entire song that uses only four basic open position chords, he does do a slight variation on a couple of them from time-to-time. I was demonstrate those easy variations along the way.
Have fun with this one! Carl...
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