How to Play Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles (Guitar Lesson)

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Rocky Raccoon

Mark Brennan returns with another song for his Phase 3 series. In this lesson, he tackles the Beatles tune "Rocky Raccoon." This is The Beatles' attempt at a bit of humor and some country western flair.

Taught by Mark Brennan in Rock Songs with Mark seriesLength: 22:31Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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wonderbuggwonderbugg replied

Also..a lot of British guitarists use the C with the G on the bottom. Example is David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. He uses that all the time.

wonderbuggwonderbugg replied

This was one of the first songs my father taught me. I remember my hands were barely big enough to get to G7

mrnhlmrnhl replied

no sound?

Jolly-RancherJolly-Rancher replied

Yay i love it!!!

pattybpattyb replied

nice lesson. finally someone covered this song. Very clear strumming patterns. thanks :)

jliebsjliebs replied

a little mo·not·o·nous without lyrics, no?

davem_ordavem_or replied

Not if you sing along while he's playing.

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Rocky RaccoonLesson 21

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Mark Brennan returns with another song for his Phase 3 series. In this lesson, he tackles the Beatles tune "Rocky Raccoon." This is The Beatles' attempt at a bit of humor and some country western flair.

Length: 22:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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About Mark Brennan View Full Biography Mark Brennan, born August 12th, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, began playing guitar at the age of 10. His first influences were from the Ventures and the British Invasion, especially the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Shortly afterwards he was playing in rock bands with his brother on drums, developing his ear by learning songs straight from records. Playing in a band became a passion.

In high school, he grew to love acoustic and classical guitar. He spent time playing acoustic music, influenced by The Eagles, CSN, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc. In the 70's, he headed a very popular Cleveland band, The Brennan-Cosma Band, which played a variety of acoustic and rock music, along with originals. He also took up classicalguitar, and began developing his fingerstyle technique.

Mark is a graduate of Cleveland State University (1980), with a Bachelor of Music in Classical guitar performance. He also studied Music Composition, and took many Music Education classes. After graduation, he began his private teaching career, teaching electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with music theory. He taught in various studios and guitar shops throughout his career, and currently has a private practice at his home in Fairview Park, Ohio.

In the 80's Mark took an affection to Progressive rock. With his band Polyphony, he was influenced by the music of Yes, Genesis, Kansas, ELP, Styx, along with a set of prog rock originals.

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