House of the Rising Sun Chords and Guitar TAB
The House of the Rising Sun Chords
Do you know the House of the Rising Sun chords? How do you play House of the Rising Sun on guitar? It is actually not that difficult to play House of the Rising Sun. Sending my mind back in time today... to when I learned the guitar chords for the House of the Rising Sun. It is sometime in the late 1960s (a lady never tells her age), and I am a geeky 12-year-old schoolgirl en route to Germany with a group of kids for my first ever holiday alone!
Well, specifically, I am with the Grimsby and District schools' swimming team bound for a gala and exchange trip to Bremerhaven. Very excited I was, and we kids were exploring the boat! I have my little guitar of course (then it traveled everywhere, these days I usually borrow someone else's). We are on a North Sea Ferry, and some older lads from I know not where are playing songs. They are professional buskers doing the Grand Tour! ;)
My new friends ask if I can really play guitar and I give them some Carcassi, Spanish music, Tarrega, a little improvised flamenco... They are impressed but do I play rock? The answer then is "No, my teacher only shows us classical." So, one of the guys hands me a plectrum, says "Follow me! Should be easy for you!" and we are off learning the chords of The House of the Rising Sun. It is easy, it is exhilarating to be part of a real band, and these buskers put me on a route I still follow - playing cool rock and blues songs.
The House of the Rising Sun, a Busking Classic!
Little did I then know how much of a classic the House of Rising Sun was! Eric Burdon and the Animals had made it part of our culture. In the tradition of 1960s rock icons like the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and the Beatles they had been heavily influenced by blues and took this traditional blues on to become an all-time rock classic of the 1960s. Meantime the 12-year-old girl that was me hit the strings for the first time in a powerful rhythm and quickly learned the fingerpicking accompaniment of House of the Rising Sun too.
TAB for The House of the Rising Sun as a Picture
House of the Rising Sun Chords
Do You Know All the Chords for House of the Rising Sun?
The chord progression you need for The Rising Sun is as follows. If you don't know any of the chords, just click on them to be taken to my Flickr page and see them. Incidentally, if the F is too hard (a barre chord) you could get away with the F major 7 in the intro photo!
Here are some more songs you can learn the chords for:
- 20th Century Boy
- Band In A Jam Project
- Best Songs To Learn On Guitar
- Best Way To Use A Guitar Pick
- Born To Be Wild
- Harley Davidson Guitar Stuff
- Hey Joe
- Highway to Hell
- Johnny B Goode
- Improvise on guitar - first lesson
- Perfect Day
- Play Guitar REALLY Fast
- Smoke On The Water
- Stairway to Heaven
- Summer of 69
House of the Rising Sun TAB
Guitar and Drum Music for House of the Rising Sun
A simple drum and guitar version with notes and TAB for The House of the Rising Sun Use this with the chords in the picture to do your own cover version of House of the Rising Sun.
Picking the House of the Rising Sun
There are two basic ways to pick the Rising Sun by the Animals, the first involves fingerpicking, which is the way I first learned it and the second way of picking House of the Rising Sun is to flat pick. I will explain both.
To fingerpick, let your thumb take charge of strings 6, 5 and 4, the bass strings. Where there are two quick notes, the thumb (p) rolls through both. Your index finger (i) should pluck string 3, your middle finger (m) pluck string 2 and your ring finger (a) pluck string 1. This is an easy way to play once you become proficient with fingerpicking. The pattern is either:
- p i m a m i
- p p i m a m i
To flat pick, you should follow the direction of string travel. This is called economy picking. Try to make the strokes almost continuous and don't turn the pick. If you have never used a pick before you might like to check out my lens on Using a Pick Correctly.
So the strokes go either:
- down down down up up up
- down down down down up up up
Do you have a favourite version of this American folk song classic or do you only know the Animals House of the Rising Sun?
Thank you for playing along!
© 2011 Lisa Marie Gabriel