Knocking on Heavens Door by Bob Dylan Guitar Lesson

Learn how to playKnocking On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan, with this free  guitar lesson.  This song was written and originally performed by Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid“. This song was also covered and made famous by Eric Clapton and Guns n’ Roses. You can learn more about the history of this song by heading on over to Wikipedia.

This is a  fairly easy  song with only 4 chords: G Major, D Major, Am7, and C Major, although some people leave out the Am7 and just play the C Major in its place, and it still sounds quite good.  So if you have trouble changing from D Major to Am7, just substitute a C Major in those parts.

Video Lesson From YouTube

Big thanks to Johnny Ocatve who made this video lesson available!  You can see more of his videos by following this link to reach his channel over at YouTube.

As performed by Bob Dylan

Additional Resources:

Click here for more information on this song from Wikipedia

Knocking on Heavens Door Chords and Lyrics

Knockin on Heavens Door Tab


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  1. Brett says

    Very helpful. Got to through playing the song and now I’m off to try the vocals. Thanks.

  2. Sarah says

    Thanks a Bunch! I have found many guitar lessons online and this is by far the best I have found, you are an awesome teacher. Thanks to James as well for creating the videos as well.
    I was just wondering if you have other videos posted and if so where can they be found ?

    Thanks again!!!

  3. Joey says

    I am 29 and never played an instrument… I just bought a new Martin two days ago and, with your videos, can already play a song! Thank you! Very helpful!

  4. Dee says

    Bought my first guitar on Tuesday in Dublin!!!! Today is Thursday and because of your super videos I can play my first tune.

  5. gwarejko says

    This cord progression is definitely G – D – Am7, no question about it…the folks saying Am/C are either not hearing the softness of the Am7 or making it easier for people to play. Don’t be fooled, play the Am7 and hear the true tone of the song!

  6. Eddie Curran says

    Very helpful … gonna find all i can by this teacher. one thing i like is he’s in, basically saying, if don’t practice, your a weenie

  7. Ankur says

    I am learning guitar by my own and have been able to learn through various video lesson and books.
    I like the way you teach.
    Really helped a lot…Please bring some more tips on strumming coz I am struggling with that.
    Thanks a lot.

  8. WildWildWez says

    Excellent lessons. I am a (40 year old) beginner with a bad musical ear n possibly bad timing. I totally get your teaching style, which has givin me new hope & results in learning to play songs on the guitar. Thank you very much.

  9. says

    You are most welcome! Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to leave this comment. I appreciate it. I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the Website.

  10. Hank says

    Great lesson as always. I never had the patience for lessons but I like being able to come here and learn a bit when ever I want. Thank you.

  11. Denise says

    This was exactly what I needed! I’ve been a novice guitar player for five years now. I loved the way that you broke down each part. The part that helped me the most was probably where you talked about strumming “in time.” All the little tips were very helpful. You definitely spoke to my learning style and I would like to see more video lessons! I think I can actually play a whole song. Thanks!

  12. Melanie says

    Thanks, this is just amazing and so helpful, I have been dreaming of playing this song on guitar for 20 years!!! (since my teenage years, so calculate ;-)…) Please do more videos!

  13. Maria says

    Oh man! you are great… thank you so much for sharing.
    I love how you split the videos in four sessions, almost giving you more time to practice in between. THANKS! That def worked for me… on the other hand I would have liked for you to do a bit more on how to properly use your right hand… It is def not sounding as cool as yours. Anyway… overall great! thank you so much.

  14. Alex says

    Dude those lessons were great. I’ve been playing guitar for a couple of months now but don’t know many full songs because I’ve been practicing my leads. But those vids were super helpful I’ll deffinately look at more of your them. Keep splitting them up how you did here. Chords and timing in the first vid strumming patterns in the second etc. That was really helpful

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