This lesson will teach you the introduction to the song Up Around The Bend by CCR and John Fogerty. To see the lesson on the guitar chords only, visit Up Around The Bend Guitar Chords.
Up Around The Bend is a very popular, yet tricky riff. While it has perplexed a lot of people, it’s actually not that hard. The intro for Up Around The Bend is based on two chords: the D chord and the A chord. You’ll find that based on certain recordings, the tuning may sound slightly out of pitch. This may be due to the recording process at the time.
You can’t play the open chords for this intro. It has to be a triad, which is a three note chord. You can use two fingers for the first and second string, but this lesson teaches you how to do the song with one finger, using a half bar. Start with an open D, and slide up with the third finger from the 9th fret to the 11th. After you do the slide up, get your first finger down and the picking goes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. The picking pattern is important too. It goes down, down, up, down, up and down.
Do two sequences of the D, then move on to the A. You don’t want the strings to ring out, so you need to kill all the strings before moving on to the open A string. Do the same trick with the A position. Same picking pattern both times, and same slide technique.
The sequence is two Ds, then one A, and back to the D.
Hopefully this sheds some light on the awesome guitar song Up Around The Bend by CCR and John Fogerty.
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