Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Bordello Blues

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Bordello Blues

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"The House of the Rising Sun"-a traditional folk number lamenting a life spent ignobly in New Orleans-is dosely associated with the Animals, the British Invasion band that recorded it in 1964. But the song has been covered extensively by so many luminaries-to name just a few, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan.

The arrangement shown here incorporates an accompaniment inspired by the Dylan version, which appears on the singer's self-titled 1962 debut for Columbia Records. Whereas the Animals' version is based on arpeggios, Dylan's has a neat sort of walking bass line that's punctuated with chordal strums. (He reportedly cribbed that from his pal Dave Van Ronk, who also covered the song.)

The song is in 6/8-that's six eighth notes per bar. If you're unfamiliar with this meter, practice it on a single chord before learning the song. Count "One, two, three, four, five six," and so on, while also tapping your foot. …

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