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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, so 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!