1. Alec
    May 22nd, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    What is the last chord/strings you’re hitting after the four measures of alternating Am and E chords?


    • David Hodge
      May 22nd, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Hi Alec

      Are you referring to the very last MP3 file? That would be an Am chord, done with a simple downstroke. It’s a good way to end the song.

      Hope this helps. Looking forward to chatting with you again.



  2. Wolf
    July 11th, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    Mr. Hodges,

    In the first section with the chord arpeggios, when playing the 6th, 5th & 4th strings with pulgar, the note is not consistent even though it is on an open string at times. To be clearer, when playing the C chord or the Am, the 6th is not fretted but your staff notation shows a different note.

    Why is this? Am I completely misunderstanding?

    Thank you.


  3. Marijke
    July 11th, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    I’m very impressed with this lesson and am definitely going to give it a try. I just want to know: this is the first time I’m attempting fingerpicking, so is this where I should start? I’ve no one to teach me and no clue on how to begin. It’s all very intimidating


  4. Wolf
    July 11th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Mr. Hodge,

    I am going to partially answer my own question. As Doyle’s Holmes once remarked, I was seeing without observing. I thought you’d written six notes in a measure; there are only five. And my books revealed to me that one does not play certain notes on certain chords, something else I just learned today. Which makes sense, since until this point I have only done arpeggio exercises in classical/spanish oriented books.

    Thanks for posting these great articles to broaden my skills!


  5. Matt
    January 5th, 2015 @ 11:12 pm

    I believe you have a wrong note (and therefore wrong chord) printed here. Chord should not be Fmaj7 but an F with F – A – C – F. it fits most other versions of the song and I think it does for this version as well.


  6. Martin
    January 16th, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

    Hi: Have you posted the 2nd part of Travis finger picking? I am unable to fine it.
    Thank you


  7. Dave Wentworth
    April 11th, 2015 @ 5:21 pm

    Wow, does this bring back memories. House of the rising sun was one of the first few songs that I learned as a teen in the 1970s. This song not only took endurance as a teen but I remember how I had to slow down compared to some of the Beatles and Stones songs I was playing. I remember many bloody fingers and swollen thumbs from this one, great tutorial by the way !


  8. Cory
    May 27th, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

    Is their a way to get this in like a email so that i can get the Mp3’s


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