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Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Guitar Lesson

Bob Dylan

SONG DETAILS

DIFFICULTY:

3

TUNING:

Standard

CAPO:

4th fret

KEY:

E minor (with modulation)

This is the full guitar lesson for Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan.

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right was written by Bob Dylan in 1962 (released in 1963) and appears on his album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’. This is an early song of Dylan’s and a very well-known one. The song was written after his girlfriend of the time, Suze Rotolo, left him in New York to go and study in Italy. He claims it’s not a love song, but instead “a statement that maybe you can say to yourself to make yourself feel better.”

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right certainly has some challenges in it. It’s fast paced with a tempo of roughly 111 bpm,┬áso your fingers are really on the move! The chords are thankfully straight forward enough and are just your normal open position shapes. However the most peculiar thing I found when first learning this song is the funny bass notes. Throughout the piece Dylan often plays the V of the chord on the first beat of the bar i.e when playing a C chord he’ll play the note of G on beat one instead of C. If you’ve been fingerpicking for a while this will likely feel really strange. Whether he intended to do it or he just did what felt right to him I can’t be sure, but it really is unnatural and uncomfortable to play at first.

Anyway, let’s start learning how to play Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right!

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Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Part 1 (The Intro)

Let’s begin with the short intro. Another thing to watch out for are some of the nasty hammer-ons that pop up. They’re very fast and often you have to play the bass note at the same time that hammer-ons land. If this doesn’t make sense right now you’ll soon realise when you get to one.

If you want the lyrics of Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.

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Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Part 2 (The Verse)

The verse of Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right is similar to the intro but there is just more of it. More twists, turns, funny bass notes and awkward hammer-ons. Dylan’s timing on the recording weaves a lot; however, I do recommend (as always) pulling out your metronome and seeing if you can play it in time and up to speed once you get to grips with it.

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