I Shall Be Released
by Bob Dylan • Lesson #466 • Jan 7, 2023
Hey there, friends! New lesson today teaching you how to play Bob Dylan’s classic I Shall Be Released, taught in the style of his “Studio Outtake” recording from 1971. This guitar lesson will be capo 2nd fret, using chord shapes in the Key of G. I’ll break things down using the simplest possible chords — including an easier (non-barred) version of B-minor. I’ll also show a few strumming options, as well as tabs for some of the distinctive licks and fills. All in all, such a classic song! I hope you enjoy.
- 0:00 Playthrough & Overview
- 2:08 Intro Riff
- 5:45 Chords
- 8:27 Strumming
- 13:33 Licks & Fills
- 17:47 Chord Progression: Add’l Variations
- 24:23 Vocal Melody
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There’s two strumming patterns I demonstrate in my video lesson. For a detailed tutorial on each pattern, click either thumbnail below:
Additional Techniques to Help with This Song
Easier Ways to Play B-minor (No Barring Required)
Bass Note Strumming (Essential Technique)
Playing G major chord with only 2 fingers
Recorded Versions of I Shall Be Released
Bob Dylan’s 1971 “Studio Outtakes” recording. This is what I based my lesson after.
The Band’s 1968 cover. Note, this is in the Key of E and features some small changes to the progression.
The live version heard in The Last Waltz featuring The Band, Dylan, many others.
Cover from Reina Del Cid. Key of A.
Cover from Olav Larsen:
There’s so many more! Have a look around YouTube, or Spotify, or wherever you get your music. Such an amazing song, and so great to hear the ways each artist makes it their own.
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