House of the Rising Sun provides great practice for beginners because all of the chords are basic chords that you will use many times in the future. The melody notes in the “Melody & Accompaniment” arrangement are very simple and should be fairly easy even if you are just starting out. This song has been recorded by everybody from the Animals to Doc Watson and everybody does it a little differently. My recording is a combination of the 6/8 arpeggio pattern and the 4/4 pattern picking arrangements but you can play the song any way you choose to.

 

Melody & Accompaniment:

 

6/8 Time Arpeggio:

(I played this at the beginning of the recording)

 

4/4 Time “Pattern Picking”:

(This is what I played while singing the verses in the recording)

 

Intermediate Flatpick Solo:

(This is not on the recording but is another example of how you can play the song)