House of the Rising Sun
Chords & Lyrics
House of the Rising Sun chords and lyrics for your piano students.
This is an irresistible and unforgettable ballad, made more so by the voice of Eric Burdon of The Animals. See this fabulous recording from 1964, on what looks like (in my husband's assessment) a set from the original Star Trek:
I have not used the exact lyrics sung by The Animals, but instead have used the traditional public domain words.
They are almost identical. I don't have chord symbols on these piano sheets - on purpose - but when I make lead sheets I'll add them.
Please scroll down the page for the links to the PDF sheets.
Here is page two:
The next sheet music pdf is with LONG octave broken chords, as opposed to simple triads. You can see how I like to start basic, and build more complexity in.
My students like that approach too:
I haven't added any fingering to this melody - when kids are good enough to read these notes easily, they generally are happier working out their own fingering.
By the second lesson with a new piece, if I can see that they are sabotaging themselves with their poor choices, I will help them with a compromise fingering and write it in.
(Usually after a couple weeks they will believe me! The only downside to waiting, of course, is that they may have a habit that is hard to break.)
The next skill level is to alter the rhythm to sound more like what The Animals had in their arrangement. Look at the left hand chords - same chords, just a fancier rhythm:
The final stage of this song is to add right hand chords to the downbeats in the melody. My students who can do this are already familiar with making chord inversions, from years of playing chords in songs and in exercises.
The links to the piano music:
Download House of the Rising Sun chords in 3/8 time, with simple triad broken chord pattern
Download House of the Rising Sun with longer broken chords
Download syncopated rhythm left hand version of House of the Rising Sun
Download arrangement with right hand chord inversions
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