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What's up, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "House of the Rising Sun" as made famous by The Animals. This is a classic pop song based on an old folk song with a simple, repeated chord progression, a triplet beat, and sad lyric tale.

This tune has a basic guitar chord progression using open chord shapes with a 60s style clean tone electric guitar part playing arpeggiated chords and strummed chords throughout.

The tune starts out with the guitar arpeggiating a haunting chord progression. The dynamic starts low and builds throughout 3 verse sections that climax with an organ solo. The dynamic comes back down again, only to build up through the final three verses of the song. The guitar parts follow the dynamic arc of the vocals and lyrics, supporting the changes in intensity. The tune winds down with lower dynamic outro, featuring single strums of a simple chord progression.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about a 12/8 feel, open chords, chord arpeggiation, rhythm guitar strumming patterns, and dynamics. We are in the key of A minor, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 78 BPM.