Wicked Game Guitar Lesson

Wicked Game Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson (Chris Isaak)

This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Wicked Game by Chris Isaak.

Isaak wrote Wicked Game in 1989. The song appears on his third studio album Heart Shaped World and the song went on to reach number six on the Billboard Hot 100.

Wicked Game is such a great song and so this arrangement is good to learn for any fingerstyle player but it's particularly good for people around the intermediate stage, or if you're an advancing beginner. This is because the chords are really simple, just three basic chords repeated the whole way through, and the melody is also very straightforward and very familiar to most people.

OK, let's start learning how to play Wicked Game!

Song Details:

  • Key - B minor 
  • Capo - 2nd fret
  • Tuning - Dropped D - D A D G B E
  • Tempo - 112 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate

Wicked Game (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Wicked Game, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide. 


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Wicked Game Guitar Lesson (Intro)

The intro to Wicked Game is instantly recognisable and the haunting guitar part grabs your attention right away. Thankfully, it's not too tricky to play and it feels great under your fingers once you've learnt it. Before you start learning all the fingerpicking parts I really recommend getting used to the chord progression first.

If you want the lyrics of Wicked Game and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.

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How to Play the 1st Verse of Wicked Game

Let's have a look at the 1st verse of Wicked Game now, remember that the chords won't change at any point in the song. 

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How to Play the Chorus 

The chorus is pretty similar to the intro, so hopefully you won't find this section too hard.

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The 2nd Verse

There's just one more verse to learn to complete all the parts of the song. If you've gotten this far then you shouldn't struggle with this section too much. 

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Paolo left a comment on 29th August 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Chris great site , I am an old beginner, can you label your songs biginner intermediate and advanced makes it easier to figure out what songs I can focus in. Keep up the great work!

  2. Mike Rider left a comment on 29th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Chris, Love your music. Do your tabs come in Guitar Pro format? That is the easiest way for me to learn and practice. I see you have an interactive version, but I don’t think that is a GP download, is it? Thanks for all the great songs

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th August 2020 at 11:18 am

      Hi Mike, glad you like my stuff! Sadly Musicnotes don’t offer the tabs in Guitar Pro format, just as the interactive version.

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