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Knocking on Heavens Door Chords For Guitar

In this lesson, you’ll learn the Knocking on Heavens Door chords for guitar. This is one of those great guitar songs for beginners to learn because it uses basic chords in the key of G major, and it has a memorable melody. Colin has done quite a number of song lessons like this one, and you can see more of them by clicking on the YouTube link and checking out his song channel, or by heading over to RiffNinja.com.

Along with the Knocking on Heavens Door chords, you’ll also learn the very simple little riff that helps connect some of the chords.

The Knocking on Heavens Door chords are in two sets of three:  G, D, Am and then G, D, C.

Bob Dylan originally wrote this song, though it has been performed by many other bands since then. Bob Dylan has a great way of making fairly simple songs sound very good – it’s a good example of what you can do with just a handful of chords. Some people think it has to be complicated to sound good, but that just isn’t the case!

Watch Knocking on Heavens Door Chords on Youtube

Checkout the guitar songs category for more guitar lessons on popular songs.


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  1. Good Lesson,— Thank You

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  2. Thanks Colin. Perfect lesson for me. I love this song, and am just at the point where I know the basic chords and need to start learning some basic picking.

  3. What is a bar? (1/2 vs. 1)? Why is the G&D called a 1/2 bar and the Am&C are called 1 bar? Thanks Colin. Sounds great. P.s. SWEEET Guitar !!!

    1. A bar is a certain number of beats – most often four, though it can vary. So a count of one two three four would be a bar, and a count of one two would be a half bar. That’s a pretty simple way of looking at it, and there’s more to it obviously… maybe I’ll do a video on those terms. 

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