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House of the Rising Sun Guitar Tab

 

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INTRO & VERSES       
   Am                             C
E|---------------0------------------------------------0-----------
B|-----------1--------1-------------------------1--------1--------
G|--------2----------------2--------------0-----------------0-----
D|-----2-------------------------------2--------------------------
A|--0------------------------------3------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------

   D                                  F
E|------------2---2--------------------------------1---1----------
B|---------3----------3-----------------------1------------1------
G|-----2------------------2---------------2--------------------2--
D|--0---------------------------------3---------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------

   Am                                E
E|---------------0------------------------------------------------
B|-----------1--------1---------------------------------0---------
G|--------2----------------2----------------------1--------1------
D|-----2--------------------------------------2----------------2--  
A|--0------------------------------------2------------------------
E|------------------------------------0---------------------------

  Am                                 E
E|---------------0------------------------------------------------
B|-----------1--------1---------------------------------0---------
G|--------2----------------2----------------------1--------1------
D|-----2--------------------------------------2----------------2--  
A|--0------------------------------------2------------------------
E|------------------------------------0---------------------------

  
The rest of the this song follows the same picking pattern
for different chords.  Here are the chords for the verses:

Am    C    D    F    Am    C    E    E

Am    C    D    F    Am    E
  
Am    C    D    F    Am    E    Am    E

Pick these in the same pattern as you did when playing the intro.
And that's the entire song!

You can find the lyrics to the song here.
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House of the Rising sun is one of those songs that have been banned from guitar shops, as the staff quickly tire of hearing it played (by prospective customers) dozens of times each day!


NOTES TO THE TAB

There's a reason it's popular though.  Aside from a quirky picking technique (with a plectrum or pick, which is what this is usually played with), the song basically consists of an Arpeggio (playing the individual notes vs. strumming) of a couple of chords, as outlined below.  This song uses the C chords progression and starts in A minor.


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