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Like A Rolling Stone

Here are the unplugged chords that I use to play Bob Dylan's 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone. The original song and my arrangement are in the original key of C. I play the song in a moderate 4/4 rock tempo. The root notes of the opening "C-Dm-Em-F-G" verse progression form a "1-2-3-4-5" ascending diatonic bass line creating an extended chord stream. Chord streams are characterized by sliding stepwise root movement from chord to chord climbing the harmonized scale. In bars 13 through 16, the chord stream is reverse to create a contrasting descending bass line progression. The chorus is created by simply repeating the "I-IV-V" rock and roll progression. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: C = x32010; Fmaj7/C = x33210; Dm = xx0231; Em = 022000; F = 133211; and G = 320033.

Intro (repeat 2x)

C / Fmaj7/C / C / Fmaj7/C /

Verse

C / Dm / Em / F / G / / / / / / /
C / Dm / Em / F / G / / / / / / /
F / / / G / / / F / / / G / / /
F / Em / Dm / C / F / Em / Dm / C /
Dm / / / F / / / G / / / / / / /

Chorus

C / F / G / / / C / F / G / / /
C / F / G / / / C / F / G / / /
C / F / G / / / C / F / G / / /
G / / /

Chorus Riff

   C       F          G            
e-------------------|--3--3--3--3--|
B--1---1------------|--3--3--3--3--|
G--0---0---2--0--2--|--0--0--0--0--|
D--2---2---3-----3--|--0--0--0--0--|
A--3---3---3-----3--|--2--2--2--2--|
E-------------------|--3--3--3--3--|


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