House of the rising sun Guitar Lesson

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

House of the Rising Sun was recorded in 1964 by The Animals and although they didn't originally write the song, they did make it incredibly well-known around the world.

It's a very popular song for budding guitarists to learn as the chords aren't too tricky (other than the dreaded F major chord) and it is great fun to play.

Let's get on with the lesson!

House of the Rising Sun Song Facts:

  • Key Am
  • Time Signature 6/8
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty (beginner)

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You can of course play House of the Rising Sun with a pick but it works just as well played with your fingers.

Make sure to start slow and to gradually build the speed as you improve. Rushing only leads to poor technique and sloppy playing.

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Once you're at ease with the intro all you have to do is learn the chord progression for the remaining verses. Thankfully, there are no new chords so you've done most of the hard work already. There's just some small variations to the progression.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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  1. Steve Halper left a comment on 3rd May 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Great instruction!! My only “constructive comment” is that it would be very helpful if you identified the strings by numbers as well.
    For example, it’s better to say “play the e and b strings, that’s first and second strings together”…rather than just naming the strings. Numbers just makes it easier and quicker.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 8th May 2020 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Steve, I never learnt the numbered system originally so it feels odd to me to call out the numbers. But it’s something I have started doing more recently, when I can remember.

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