In this lesson, I'll teach you a simplified acoustic "rhythm" version of the song "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas. This is a great way for beginners to play this song. I hope it helps!!
I'll be using 4 chords from the C chord family. C, G, Am7, and Dm.
Keep in mind that the Dm chord does not include the low E string and the A string, so you'll begin your strum on the D string. Also, that low E string is not part of the C or Am7 as well. You can use your thumb to mute that string so it doesn't resonate while strumming.
The Strum Pattern
I'll be using what I like to call the "Folk Pattern" for this song, which is a 4 beat strum pattern. There are 4 down strums with an up strum added after beats 3 and 4. Emphasis is added on beats 2 and 4, and you'll only pluck the first note of the first beat of each measure. This will add some variety to the pattern and make it more dynamic.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy!!