Learn to play "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas on Ukulele

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This month's Whiteboard Request teaches you how to play the 1978 hit song "Dust in the Wind" by the band Kansas. Fun fact, band member Kerry Livgren actually created the iconic guitar riff as an exercise to learn fingerpicking. His wife overheard his fingerpicking exercises and encouraged him to add lyrics to turn it into a song. While the original song doesn't utilize strumming, Aldrine cooked up a nice strumming pattern to evoke the same feel. He also walks you through the chords, and offers some pointers for their transitions. And of course, he teaches you how to play that iconic fingerpicking.

Watch Kansas reflect on the origins of Dust in the Wind: VIDEO

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  1. I think the first Dm in the Chorus should be a G. I also would drop a G at the end of the Chorus to bring it back to the Verse.

  2. can u show us the main melody fingerpicking with the chorus, let me show u an example: all on the A string=3,5,7,10,10,10,10,10,8,7,5,7,7/ that is part of it/ what is the fingerpicking part for that plus the one that was shown so u can play them at the same time? thanks

  3. Great, thank you. I have a low G uke, and I find the modified Travis pick also works well with 1-4 plucked together, and then 3-2-4-1-3-2. I think I learned it elsewhere for this tune.

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