CCR - Up Around The Bend

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Here's how to play Up Around The Bend by Creedence Clearwater Rival aka CCR!

This song works great for beginners wanting to strum a simple three chord song, but also for intermediate players looking to get started playing lead guitar - see some guidance on this below!

Huge thank you to Vola guitars for sending me this superb "Vola Vasit" guitar!

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Up Around The Bend - guitar tutorial

Beginners - basic chords/ strumming version

Please use the chord sheet to strum through this full song using the simple chords D, A and G, which you can learn here. Find the chord sheet link button at the top of the page, under the title and tags, which links to an external website for copyright reasons, but is fully accurate to this tutorial.

Try adding the optional blues riff, as the band do in the live version, video below!

Intermediate - lead parts

Learn the classic intro lead line and solo (which is the same melody as the verses), by following Andy's tutorial above and also using the interactive tab, linked above when this page is viewed on the website.

Up Around The Bend - recording

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Up Around The Bend - live!

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