How to Play Down On The Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Guitar Lesson)

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Mark Brennan

Down On The Corner

Mark Brennan teaches this Creedence Clearwater Revival classic. All parts of the song are taught. Mark's wife, Marla, sings on the demonstration.

Taught by Mark Brennan in Rock Songs with Mark seriesLength: 31:14Difficulty: 1.0 of 5

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Member Comments about this Lesson

Discussions with our instructors are just one of the many benefits of becoming a member of JamPlay. replied on February 14th, 2018

the way they film it sucks

salorsosalorso replied on June 21st, 2017

Is there a way to cheat the C, F and G chords that would sound half good?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied on June 22nd, 2017

Hello Salorso!! There are some cheats here and there, but it's really not recommended because it can create sour tones within the chords, as well as inhibit your own growth as a guitarist. Here's an easy exercise that I would use: sit down with your guitar and just practice fingering the chord shapes without worrying about strumming or picking...just practice the chord shapes. This will train your muscle memory and allow you hit the chords fluidly. Then just add strumming :) Happy Jamming!

salorsosalorso replied on June 12th, 2017

Great song to play at my level. Fun playing.

fogs123fogs123 replied on November 28th, 2015

This is cool - does the lesson have a suggestion on how to best play this with one guitar?

zack1138zack1138 replied on April 6th, 2014

Not sure if it's just me but the video for the solo won't load properly, looks like a bad link

martin.baylymartin.bayly replied on January 1st, 2014

Spent most of New Year's Day working on this song - imported the backing tracking into Garage Band and then worked on recording the two different guitar tracks so I can then mute one or the other so I can practice along with myself - so much fun!!

kcraigmasonkcraigmason replied on December 16th, 2013

any tips on setting up the amp to get as close to the original sound as possible? I know all amps are different and this may be hard to answer. I have PV Bandit 112 and Fender Mustang 2.

guitarman56guitarman56 replied on March 18th, 2013

the riffs for me were pretty easy for me . just the las part of riff b, but with repeated practice and replay i got it down. the hardest part of this song was the rhythm. thanks mark. great lesson.

sirmungussirmungus replied on February 25th, 2013

Great lesson, Mark. I really struggled, though, with the C/G chord after years of strumming normal C's. I finally contented myself to do the 5-string C. Lo and behold, I then see that you do the same for all but the first C in the demo! :) Nice singing by your wife.

ratt1965ratt1965 replied on August 29th, 2012

One of my favorite CCR songs...thanks!,,

smedlysmedly replied on August 21st, 2012

I been working on this for a week.I think I will pull this off with a little brake from jamplay to practice.Then I'll be back for more lessons I like how you teach THANKS P.S I have big fingers will I ever be able to play chores I'm having a hard time I still trying them

golfridergolfrider replied on February 17th, 2013

I too have short fat fingers but I'm really working at wrist position and it seems to be getting better. Let me know if you've found any new tricks.

MSbluesmanMSbluesman replied on March 19th, 2012

that is a good job of teaching thank you Mark

bluejackbluejack replied on July 16th, 2011

Bloody great Mark. Your keeping me inspired.

dsreed22dsreed22 replied on April 9th, 2011

Hi Mark. Fun song to learn here. I am having trouble with that palm damping and the percussive chich strum - are you using your left hand to damp here? Thanks, DR

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on April 11th, 2011

With the muffled (chick) strums I'm lifting the left hand finger but staying in contact with the strings. This will dampen the strings to get the percussive sond when strumming....when I'm dampening the whole chord to give the strum a short duration, i'm dampening with the side of my right hand. Hope this makes sense, and helps.....let me know, Mark

merischinomerischino replied on March 20th, 2011

I read about this lesson on the forums, for the challenge live chat on April 2nd. I would have missed it altogether otherwise as I'm a beginner and mostly focusing my time here on beginner lessons. Can I just say, Wow! You make this so easy to learn. I particularly like the fact that you teach both of the guitars and then show how they go together as if in a band. It took me a moment to get used tot he dual upside down view, but ultimately I think this camera angle is probably easier to learn from. Great job!

dpmcmillindpmcmillin replied on March 15th, 2011

Mark, great lesson! My son is just starting out and this has been a great song for us to work on together. It really helps keep the fun in learning while he practices his regular exercises. Not to mention this is one I always wanted to learn too. Thanks!!

fallenfallen replied on March 12th, 2011

Mark- Great job as always !! What resource do you use\recommend for the sheet music with the standard notation and tabs like being shown on this song? I know we can print these, but if we want to find other music similar to this, where is a reliable source?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on March 12th, 2011

Start with can get Guitar Pro tabs and they're free. Then try You can purchase and download sheetmusic (tabs with standard notation), plus it has a cool feature called Guitar Guru, for helping learn tunes.

fallenfallen replied on March 13th, 2011

Thanks for the response and for doing such a great job on these lessons!!

WheelerWheeler replied on March 7th, 2011

Really liking the CCR lessons. Anymore coming? Centerfield perhaps?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on March 7th, 2011

I have filmed a lesson on "Proud Mary". There are a lot of great choices with John Fogerty music.

WheelerWheeler replied on March 8th, 2011

Another great one. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks a bunch Mark!

foxboyfoxboy replied on March 7th, 2011

Fantastic to see the performance, as it gives sooo many hints on how the guitars sound in a band context. That's what i looked for! Fox

mykemyke replied on March 3rd, 2011

Nice to see new songs. What's with the upside down view. When you finally get used to learning to follow someone playing with you this new view kind of gets you out of practice when learning from someone live when you can't look over their shoulder.

jhfergusonjhferguson replied on March 4th, 2011

The "upside down view" is supposed to be more realistic as if you were actually holding the guitar and looking down at it. Think of it in this way and It should become a little asier.

mykemyke replied on March 4th, 2011

I realize what the view is. I was just commenting because I like the older version better because it's more like it would be if you were in the room with someone. It just seems like it would be more practical.

alien_xalien_x replied on March 4th, 2011

Mark, very very enjoyable. Great tune, well taught. Great singing by Marla as well. Thanks. I hope we'll see more of these. 'Fortunate Son' would be another great CCR staple I'd love to see.

jnc51jnc51 replied on March 4th, 2011

Great lesson; I love CCR. Thanks for adding this to the library. As usual Mark does a fantastic job; his wife has an excellent voice.

barry12barry12 replied on March 4th, 2011

mark thanks very very much for this ccr song its great and easy to play. i'm sure everyone appreciates your hard work for us, i know i do agan thanks so much

WheelerWheeler replied on March 4th, 2011

Great lesson Mark. Great camera work. Thanks!

ames57ames57 replied on March 4th, 2011

Mark, Great job as always. This was a nice song selection -- easy enough for beginners yet still fun for more advanced players. Thanks again for all your contributions to jamplay.

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