"House of the Rising Sun" on Guitar

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Introduction: "House of the Rising Sun" on Guitar

"House of The Rising Sun" is an older song by "Animals". It is really simple to play on guitar. Here, I show the main chords, how to use fingerpicking to play the main chords, and I will also show just the tablature.

Step 1: Main Chords

The main chords are Am, C, D, F, and E. The pictures below aren't mine. They are taken from the internet.

Step 2: The Chord Pattern

The way you play the song with chords is like this. Strum the chord once, hit the 1st (high e) string, then strum again. That is the strumming pattern. The chords go

Am - C - D - F - Am - C - E - E
Am - C - D - F - Am - E - Am

Step 3: Fingerpicking

This probably is going to ne the worst lesson on fingerpicking this song ever. The pattern is as below. In the seconed verse, just leave out the "C" that is in bold and italics, and also play the last "Am" line in the seconed verse.

Am-  4th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string
C-     5th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string
D-     4th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string
F-     5th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string
Am-  4th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string
C-     5th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string
E-     5th string, 4th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 3rd string, 4th string (x2)
Am-  4th string, 3rd string, 2nd string, 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string

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Why don't you post videos of you playing these things so we can see how to do it?
This "worst lesson on finger-picking" business is silly; we should be looking at strings and fingers there.

L

because I am unable to take videos at the moment.

Oh, that's a shame.
See if you can borrow one, I know you can actually play these things.

L

Yeah, I can play them. My camera will take video, but the audio is absolutely horrible. Plus I would like to get a youtube account, so I can upload my videos to there, then to instructables

Yeah, this is it; you know how to play these things, so if you can actually show people how you've got the value. And with playing instruments a lot of it is in what you're doing with your digits.

L

yeah thanks. I will do my best.