Guitar lesson for
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (strummed)
by Bob Dylan • Lesson #301
Strum version (#301)
Timestamps for my strum-only video lesson:
- 0:00 Lesson overview
- 2:06 Basic chord shapes
- 5:48 Basic chord progression & strumming
- 9:28 Basic playthrough of verse & chorus
- 11:38 Adv. chord shapes
- 15:13 Adv. progression & strumming
- 16:35 Adv. walking bass lines & transitions
- 19:46 Adv. playthrough of verse & chorus (full strum)
- 20:53 Adv. playthrough of verse & chorus (w/o a pick)
- 22:22 Farewell
Fingerstyle version (#303)
Timestamps for my fingerstyle video lesson:
- 0:00 Lesson overview
- 2:49 Chord shapes & progression, basic
- 4:29 Chord shapes & progression, advanced
- 13:09 Intro riff, v1 (super basic)
- 15:11 Intro riff, v2 (traditional fingerstyle)
- 17:46 Intro riff, v3 (Dylan’s exact version)
- 21:49 Intro riff, v4 (my secret stash version)
- 24:17 Verse & chorus: general fingerpicking tips
- 28:18 Verse & chorus: full fingerstyle playthrough
- 30:49 Farewell
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Hey friends! Here’s two video lessons I’ve made teaching you how to play the Bob Dylan classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. My first video teaches a strum-only version, while the second goes deep on fingerstyle & Travis picking technique – which is what Bob uses in his original album version. Both lessons include both beginner-friendly (as much as is possible) variations of the more difficult chords & techniques, while also going deep into advanced topics for those who are interested. I hope you enjoy!
My other lessons for Bob Dylan songs
Looking for other lessons I’ve made for songs by Bob Dylan? Here you go!
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Like a Rolling Stone
You’re Gonna Make me Lonesome When You Go
Lyrics with chords
Capo 4th fret. See the PDF chord sheet for a print-friendly version of these notes.
INTRO | C | G | Am Am/G | F | | C | G | C | C | VERSE C G Am Am (Am/G) Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe F F C G7 ...If'n you don't know by now C G Am Am (Am/G) And it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe D7 D7 G (G6) G7 ....It'll never do somehow CHORUS C C C7 C7 When your rooster crows at the break of dawn F F D7 D7 ...Look out your window and.... I'll be gone C G/B Am Am/G F You're the reason I'm travel-ing on C G7 C C But don't think twice, it's all right HARMONICA BREAK C G7 Am Am/G F F C C C C And it [C] ain't no use in [G] turning on your [Am] light babe... The [F] light I never [C] know'd [G7] And it [C] ain't no use in [G] turning on your [Am] light, babe... [D7] I'm on the dark side of the [G] road [G6] [G7] But I [C] wish there was something you would... [C7] do or say To [F] try and make me change my [D7] mind and stay But [C] we never [G/B] did too much [Am] talking anyway [F] But [C] don't think [G7] twice, it's all [C] right No, it [C] ain't no use in [G] calling out my [Am] name, gal [F] like you never done [C] before [G7] And it [C] ain't no use in [G] calling out my [Am] name, gal [D7] I can't hear you any [G] more [G6] [G7] I'm [C] a-thinking and a-wondering, [C7] walking down the road I [F] once loved a woman, a [D7] child I'm told I [C] give her my [G/B] heart but she [Am] wanted my [F] soul But [C] don't think [G7] twice, it's all [C] right So [C] long---[G]--- honey [Am], babe Where I'm [F] bound, I can't [C] tell [G7] [C] Goodbye is [G] too good a [Am] word, babe [D7] so I'll just say fare thee [G] well [G6] [G7] [C] I ain't saying you treated [C7] me unkind... You [F] could have done better but [D7] I don't mind [C] You just kinda [G/B] wasted my [Am] precious [F] time [C] Don't think [G7] twice, it's all [C] right
Chord shapes (basic)
Looking for the easiest possible chords? Here you go! For the F, I’ve included some alternate versions that don’t require the full 6-string barre.
E ––0–––3–––0–––1–––2–-–0–– –––––0––1––––– B ––1–––0–––1–––1–––1–-–1–– ––1––1––1––––– G ––0–––0–––2–––2–––2–-–3–– ––2––2––2––2–– D ––2–––0–––2–––3–––0–-–2–– ––3––3––3––3–– A ––3–––2–––0–––3–––––-–3–– ––3––––––––3–– E ––––––3–––––––1–––––––––– –––––––––––1–– C G Am F D7 C7 F (alt voicings)
Looking for more complicated chord voicings? Here’s what I use and recommend. These are in addition to the basic chord voicings shown above. Many of these work great for Travis-style fingerpicking (e.g., the D7/F# and the F voicing I use).
E ––1–– ––0––0–– ––x––x–– ––x–– ––x–– B ––0–– ––1––1–– ––0––0–– ––1–– ––1–– G ––0–– ––2––2–– ––0––0–– ––2–– ––2–– D ––0–– ––2––0–– ––2––3–– ––3–– ––0–– A ––2–– ––x––x–– ––x––x–– ––x–– ––0–– E ––3–– ––3––3–– ––3––3–– ––1–– ––2–– G7 Am/G G6 G7 F D7/F#
Chord progression (basic)
If you’re learning this song for the first time, I recommend learning the progressions shown here first. This will help familiarize you with the foundation of the song, upon which you can add plenty of complexity if you wish (which I’ll show later). But if all you want is a campfire easy-strum version of the song, this is all you need.
Verse part 1: | C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | Am . . . | | F . . . | F . . . | C . . . | G . . . | Verse part 2: | C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | Am . . . | | D7 . . . | D7 . . . | G . . . | G . . . | Chorus: | C . . . | C . . . | C7 . . . | C7 . . . | | F . . . | F . . . | D7 . . . | D7 . . . | | C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | F . . . | | C . . . | G . . . | C . . . | C . . . |
Chord progression, slightly more advanced
Same structure as the “easy” version, but with a bit more detail added around bass notes and walking bass lines. I recommend starting with the prior version & getting a grasp of the main foundation, which will make the additional detail shown in this version easier to spot & understand. Whether you strum or play fingerstyle, the progressions shown here will apply.
Verse part 1: | C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | Am . Am/G . | | F . . . | F . . . | C . . . | G7 . . . | Verse part 2: | C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | Am . Am/G . | | D7/F# . . . | D7/F# . . . | G . G6 . | G7 . . . | Chorus: | C . . . | C . . . | C7 . . . | C7 . . . | | F . . . | F . . . | D7/F# . . . | D7/F# . . . | | C . . . | G/B . . . | Am . Am/G . | F . . . | | C . . . | G7 . . . | C . . . | C . . . |
Intro fingerstyle riff
See my PDF for 4 ways to play the intro riff, fingerstyle.
Fingerpicking the verse & chorus
See my PDF for complete tabs on how to play these sections in a Travis picking style.
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