How to play Mr Tambourine Man on guitar

How to play Mr Tambourine Man on the guitar

This is a great song for beginners as you can play the song all the way through with just the three chords G, A and D. This is similar to The Byrds version of the song. There’s a link at the end of this page to get listen to their version. The original Bob Dylan song is played with a capo on the 3rd fret.

Intro

The song has a really bright and distinctive sounding riff on the intro. I have recorded a version which you can listen to below.

If you want to learn how to play the intro here’s the tab in the link below which you can download for free.

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This is my version of the riff, if it’s not 100% accurate then you can try and work it out by listening to the The Byrds version of the song here

The main part of the song can be strummed with the chords G, D and A here’s the lyrics and chords for you to try. The strumming pattern is DDDUDU (D = down, U = up).

 

Intro

D G A 2x

G             A                           D                    G

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

            D                       G                             A

I’m not sleepy and there ain’t no place I’m going to.

G             A                           D                      G

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

          D                  G                        A                 D

In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.

G                   A                           D                G

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin’ ship,

D                                 G                             D                  G

My senses have been stripped, my hands can’t feel to grip,

      D            G                        D                                 G

My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels

          A

To be wanderin’.

G                        A                     D                 G

I’m ready to go anywhere, I’m ready for to fade

D                  G                            D                            G

Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,

 A

I promise to go under it.

G               A                      D                         G

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

             D                     G                        A

I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.

G             A                          D                       G

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

          D                     G                        A            D

In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.

 

Play RIFF to the end 

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