How to Play “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas – Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Lesson w/ Jon Maclennan

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In this Guitar Control lesson, video instructor Jon McLennan will show you how to play “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas.

Check the image above to follow the chords and tabs.

“Dust in the Wind” by Kansas is all about patterns of the right hand. With this song, you get a pattern going with your right hand, and then the chords change, but still the pattern keeps going. Just like the exercises I have already shown you. The pattern used for the “Dust in the Wind” tune is basically a two-beat pattern and starts on a c chord.

We begin with a pinch going to the fifth string and the second string. Put your c chord down, and start with your pick and ring finger. Begin by just pinching those two notes like this and then. Moving your pick down to the fourth string. Next using your middle finger move it on the third string. If you get this, it means you are already halfway on the pattern. Pinch, pick the middle really slow. This little part that we are doing right now is the primer for the whole song. Make sure you practice this and get it right, and then the rest of the song will fall into place.

Going back to the pick, play the pick on the second string with the ring finger, and then pick on the fourth string middle on the third string, so that second half goes, almost like your thinking of the first pattern.

How you break up the notes instead of pinching, let us take the first part and put it together with our pattern, knowing that this could almost be a finger picking exercise itself. The story behind this song is written by Carrie Livgren and wrote it as a finger picking exercise. To know more about the full details of the story, all you have to do is type and search it on Google. Make sure you subscribe on our You Tube Channel and we’ll see you in our next video lessons, thanks for watching.

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