How To Play Dust in the Wind by Kansas

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.

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How To Play Dust in the Wind by Kansas
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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!!

The Chords

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!!

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    dolson128
    Dust in the Wind has a very basic Travis picking pattern that repeats (with a few variations) throughout the song. Once you get the pattern down, it's not hard to play the whole song. This simplified "rhythm" version loses the song's identity. It's like strumming along to "Blackbird."
    drhaley1
    Not the Dust In the Wind that I know, but as a beginner, I really liked learning a new strum pattern and your simplified method of teaching was terrific.  I was playing the song in a few minutes even though I had to learn two new chords.  Good Job.  Thank you for posting.  
    bonekrusha27
    I wouldn't go around telling people that this is how you play Dust in the Wind, dude.  The signature of the song is the fingerpicking pattern.  It does sound good though.  
    Jonathan_Reaux
    This is why I prefaced the lesson with "the simplified acoustic (rhythm) version" of the song. Not the original.