How to Play Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Guitar Lesson)

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Mark Brennan

Bad Moon Rising

Mark Brennan teaches all electric and acoustic parts the this song. To play along with Mark, you will need to tune your electric guitar down a full step from standard tuning. Editor's Note: Mark misspoke when referencing the 4th string but the notes he called out are correct for tuning your guitar to D standard tuning. As long as you tune your guitar along with him on this lesson you will be in tune. For reference the notes of the open strings for D standard tuning are: D-G-C-F-A-D

Taught by Mark Brennan in Rock Songs with Mark seriesLength: 35:05Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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handy18458handy18458 replied

after 4:25 in section 2 the video continues but the audio jumps to the end of the section, is it my computer or a problem with the video ?

ames57ames57 replied

I would really like to see this (and all songs) in guitar pro 6. It's always so helpful when it's in that format as well. I hope you will consider doing so. Thanks.

jimbo777jimbo777 replied

Be nicer if top guitar screen was flipped around. Looks better when I flip monitor screen up side down. Is there a way to fix this?

battlerattlebattlerattle replied

Yes, please do a lesson for Born on the Bayou. Please, please, please. That would be AWESOME! Oh yeah, Green River would be awesome too.

kjahnskjahns replied

sorry for the error.It is born on the bayou

kjahnskjahns replied

great job on ccr.con you do down in the born on the bayou

roger_1roger_1 replied

Hi Mark, I'm a big CCR fan so keep them coming, I enjoy your video's and your teaching style, very relaxed. I look forward to more from you

hickokcpahickokcpa replied

Mark, I'm a new member and this is my first song lesson. Great stuff!! Hope to see some more CCR! Thanks for sharing.


Content is spot on, but I don't like the tabs showing shape names as the dropped tuning pitch. I reckon newbies could be fazed with transposing on the hoof.

HarryrHarryr replied

what strings are you using on your strat

JustinSletcherJustinSletcher replied

I have the same guitar, except with a white neck, but how do you get the sound, what are your amp settings?

schnex82schnex82 replied

Hey Mark! nice lesson!. I got confused at the beginning as in the supplemental content the tuning of the 2nd string is shown as standard A instead of G, so when i skipped the tuning part in the video it sounded wrong and didn't know what the reason was.

1s22s22p61s22s22p6 replied

Hey Mark, thanks for the CCR lessons, love that you do both guitar parts and show the strumming patterns in detail, would be great if you do a lesson for heard it through the grapevine.

paulrhpaulrh replied

Can you put the full strum pattern on the supplemental info page - I cannot follow the 3 screens simultaneously! When you get flowing it is too fast for me to write down and you interchange the word "base" for a pluck or a downward strum.

discoproctordiscoproctor replied

Greatly enjoyed the lesson Mark. And very much looking forward to the acoustic guitar tab for it. Thank you!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

I'll get that up ASAP..sorry for the delay.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Acoustic guitar tab is now up!

gmcentiregmcentire replied

Thorough explanation and detailed step-by-step instruction. Dynamite lesson, Mark! When is Jam Play going to add more of your guitar lessons?

barry12barry12 replied

mark can't get the tuning right is there any way you can put it in the lessons or show us how sorry but love love the song my fav ccr song thanks man

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

Actually he says the wrong string number but the string he plays and the note he calls out are correct. I am putting this in the lesson info as well that he mispoke.

gratergrater replied

I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson. Such a fun song to play. Thanks for a great lesson Mark!

alien_xalien_x replied

Thanks Mark. Great song and very well presented. I also love your guitar. What kind of Strat is it? And just one question on tuning: I was told that with a tremolo equipped guitar you can not easily switch between tunings, since this would affect the set-up. How did you do it, and what's your stance on that?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

That's my American Deluxe Ash Strat with the S-1 switching, which gives you additional pickup combinations and tone options. I've been using this guitar a lot for drop D tuning and whloe step down tunings so I have it set up for that and I use a heavier gauge sting on it, too. I think with guitars with floating tailpieces, you have problems with drop tunings, due mainly with the tailpiece. This is due to the loosening of the tension. Since you play a tele, I would suggest you try a hevier gauge string. But if you just want to try it out for one or two songs, you can probably get away with it, although you'll have to re tune several times for the neck tension to even out. If I was going to use a guitar with a floating tailpiece for drop tuning songs pretty much all the time, I would set it up for that.

alien_xalien_x replied

Mark, thanks a lot for your detailed response. I sure appreciate. I guess you found the tele on my profile. Very nice guitar, I love it. But I also enjoy playing a Strat-type guitar by G&L. That's why I was asking. I already thought to know the answer, that a special set-up would be required, or at least to be recommended, but thanks again for confirming. That's about the only thing I don't really like about floating-tails. They take away your flexibility to easily dial into a different tuning. Your lessons are really awesome, b.t.w. Looking forward to see more. Wolf

ames57ames57 replied

Mark, As long as you continue being an instructor with jamplay, I'll continue to be a member of jamplay. Like all of your lessons, this was well done. Thank you so much.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks William....I'll be here.

Larry PrinceLarry Prince replied

HappyThankYouMorePlease!! Great to see some CCR in the lessons and hope you can do more. It's FanTasTic!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

I'm planning to do more CCR song lessons in the near future.

mmgarrettmmgarrett replied

Hi Mark. Thanks for the great lesson. For the acoustic part, how are you fingering the G chord? On the video, it looks like you are leaving the A string open. If so, are you strumming the A string or are you just hitting the bass note and then skipping the A string on your strum?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

I'm damping the A string with my ring finger as it frets the low G bass on the sixth string. I tend to use this voicing of the G chord a lot. It has a less muddy sound to me.. Sorry I didn't point that out in the lesson.

jnc51jnc51 replied

Great lesson. Mark seems to cover all my favorites. I'm going to learn all the parts; now that I have an electric, and burn a copy on my Pro Tools

WheelerWheeler replied

Thanks Mark. I really enjoy your lessons.

andrewjsandrewjs replied

Great lesson as always Mark. I think the new camera angle looking down at the neck really helps.

OdatOdat replied

Hooray! Too bad about the upside down fretboard, though. :( I'm experimenting with covering that part of my laptop screen with a piece of paper that has the tab printed on it so I can still follow the fingerings.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Actually, I think that's a great shot. It's as if you were looking down on the guitar as you're playing. Kudos to Aaron for the great production work!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

I will get the acoustic guitar tab up ASAP!

mykemyke replied

Great to see Mark back! Really like his song lessons.

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przyrembelprzyrembel replied

Great! I never thought that CCR lessons are possible by JP because of the copyright issues. I've heard before, that CCR ist very problematic in tis case. But it's really great that you made it possible. And the lesson itself is great, too. Big applouse to Mark! Hopefully sometimes your Pink Floyd lessons come back...

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