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!
- Key - B minor
- Capo - 2nd fret
- Tuning - standard
- 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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