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Songs by Bob Dylan
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1. Abandoned Love

abandoned love guitar lesson

Abandoned Love was first recorded in 1975 and was intended for the "Desire" album, but was shelved for 10 years. It became a track for his 1985 album "Biograph".

The song was never a single release and there is only one known live performance of the song by Dylan which was in Greenwich Village in 1975 at The Bitter End Cafe.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret (for me)
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Em, Bm
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2. Blind Willie McTell

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Blind Willie McTell was written by Dylan about the blue artist from the 1920s known as Blind Willie McTell. The song was recorded in 1983 but not released until 1991 on the album "The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: Dm, A7, G, C, A#
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3. Forever Young

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Forever Young was written in 1966 about his son Jesse Dylan. The tracked appeared on the Planet Waves album in 1974.

It was never released as a single in the US but a live version was released from a Tokyo live concert in 1978, but only to the European audiences.


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up will work
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: D, A/Db, Bm, G, A7sus, A7, A
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4. Gotta Serve Somebody

gotta serve somebody guitar lesson

Gotta Serve Somebody is a track from Dylan's album "Slow Train Coming" which was released in 1979.

This track managed to make it to #24 in the US.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat in a quick shuffle
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C7, D7
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5. Jokerman

jokerman guitar lesson

Jokerman was on of three tracks from the 1984 album "Infidels".

The track failed to chart anywhere.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, Gmaj7, Am7, D7, C/G, D, C, D/Gb, Em, Bm
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6. Just Like A Woman

just a woman guitar lesson

Just Like A Woman is from the 1966 album entitled "Blonde On Blonde".

This track was released as a single and peaked at #28 in the US and #8 in Australia.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: D, G, A7, Bm, Gb
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7. Knocking On Heavens Door

knocking on heavens door guitar lesson

Knocking On Heavens Door was a #10 in the US, #14 in the UK and hit #9 in Ireland when it was released as a single in 1973.

The track is from the album "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, D, Am, C
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8. Lay Lady Lay

lay lady lay guitar lesson

Lay Lady Lay hit the airwaves in 1969 and hails from the album "Nashville Skyline".

The song peaked at #7 in the US and #5 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, Dbm, G, Bm, E, A, Gbm
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9. License To Kill

license to kill guitar lesson

License To Kill, not to be confused with a Gladys Knight song of the same name, is a track from the 1983 album "Infidels".

The song was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with a few chops in the rhythm
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, A, G, Em, A7
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10. Like A Rolling Stone

like a rolling stone guitar lesson

Like A Rolling Stone was a single release from Dylan in 1965 and can be found on his album "Highway 61 Revisited".

This song was a #1 in the US and a top 10 in several other countries.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, F, Dm, Em, G
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11. My Back Pages

my back pages guitar lesson

My Back Pages was first released back in 1964 from the album "Another Side Of Bob Dylan". It can also be found on "The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration" album from 1993.

The song does not appeared to have been released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, Bm, Gbm, A7, A7sus 
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12. Not Dark Yet

not dark yet guitar lesson

Not Dark Yet was one of two singles from the 1998 album "Time Out Of Mind".

The song was released as a single but it did not chart anywhere.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: just a few riffs
  • Chords: C, Ab, F
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13. Positively 4th Street

positively 4th street guitar lesson

Positively 4th Street was a 1965 hit for Bob Dylan from his Bob Dylan Greatest Hits album.

The song made it to #7 in the US and a #9 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C/G, Am, C, D, Em
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14. Shelter From The Storm

shelter from the storm guitar lesson

Shelter From The Storm was not released as a single in the US but spent 9 weeks on one of Billboards charts in 2007 and peaked at #22.

The song if from the album "Modern Times".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down - down up down up down up   and repeat in a quick shuffle
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: A, E, D
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15. Sweetheart Like You

sweetheart like you guitar lesson

Sweetheart Like You was a single from the "Infidels" album of 1983-1984.

The song managed a #55 charting in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, A, G, Em, A/Db
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16. Tangled Up In Blue

tangled up in blue guitar lesson

Tangled Up In Blue was the only single from the 1975 album "Blood On The Tracks".

It managed to peak at #31 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, F, Em, D
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17. The Times They Are A Changing

the times they are a changing guitar lesson

The Times They Are A Changing was a single from1963 and hails from the album of the same name.

The song did peak at #9 in the UK but the it did not chart in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Em, C, Am, D
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18. Thunder Mountain

thunder mountain guitar lesson

Thunder On The Mountain was not released as a single in the US but peaked on one of the Billboard charts at #22 in 2007. It was a single in Europe.

The song hails from album "Modern Times".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C7, G, D, C
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19. With God On My Side

with god on our side guitar lesson

With God On Our Side was first written and recorded back in 1964 for the album "The Times They Are A Changin". An extra verse was added to the song after the Vietnam War years later.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, Dm, Em, G
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20. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

you aint goin nowhere guitar lesson

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere was written and first recorded by Dylan in 1967, but here never released the song as a single. It first appeared on his "Bob Dylan's  Greatest Hits Vol 11" album.

The Byrd's released a single of the song in 1968 and it reached #74 in the US aNd #45 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Am, C
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21. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

youre gonna make me lonesome when you go guitar lesson

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go was never released as a single when it was recorded back in 1974.

It appears on the album "Blood On The Tracks".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, B, Am, F, G
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