Learn Strumming with CCR

When you think of great strumming on the guitar, Creedence Clearwater Revival is a clear winner. Many of their classic songs use strumming techniques you should know. So in this lesson, we’re going to learn a few of these using some of CCR’s most popular songs.

The first song we’ll look at is “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”. With this tune, we’ll dive into a basic 8th note strumming pattern. We’ll also be experimenting with accents and the all-important constant strumming technique!

The second song is “Proud Mary”. Here, we’ll incorporate some muted strums into an 8th note pattern. Rhythm guitar is often used to complement what’s happening on the drums, and just knowing this will help you figure out strumming patterns for songs.

The third and final song we’ll look at is “Bad Moon Rising”. This is a great example of a tune where you don’t use the constant strumming technique the whole time. We’ll also be using muting and a few small riffs between chord changes.

Playing real music is the whole reason we play guitar, so don’t be afraid to take a break from your exercises and use one or two of these songs in your daily practice routine.