This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
This song was written by John Fogerty and was released as a single in April 1969. It went on to peak at number 2 in the US and reached the number 1 spot in the UK.
This arrangement is really fun to play, although challenging at times (particularly in the picking hand), but it's well worth the effort to learn.
Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Bad Moon Rising!
- Key - D major
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - intermediate - advanced
Bad Moon Rising (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Bad Moon Rising, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Bad Moon Rising Guitar Lesson
OK, let's get into it. In this lesson we learn how to play the intro, verse and chorus of the song. Thankfully, the chords are really simple throughout the whole piece, just D, A and G - it's one of those classic three chord hits that people all over the world love.
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How to Play the Bridge
There's just the bridge left to learn now and if you're OK with the other sections of the song this shouldn't be too much of a struggle for you.
Want to learn more fingerstyle songs?
Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
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