Proud Mary Guitar Lesson – Creedence Clearwater Revival

In this Proud Mary guitar lesson, I will show you how to play this massive classic rock hit by Creedence Clearwater Revival in its entirety.

There are two different tunings used for Proud Mary. John Fogerty tuned down one whole-step for his guitar parts. That tuning is, starting from the 6th string, D G C F A D. The majority of the lesson will be covering "Proud Mary" as John Fogerty plays it, since it is he that played all of the fills and solo.

Tom Fogerty's guitar parts are tuned to standard tuning, E A D G B E. It is the combination of these different tunings that creates the very full guitar sound during the chord progressions. That sound is created by Tom playing the same chords as John, but in a higher voicing. I will cover all of Tom's guitar chords at the end of the lesson video.

I will take you through each section of the song in the order that each appears on the original recording. From the instantly recognizable intro riff, through all of the hybrid picked fills and John Fogerty's solo, it is all here.

Have fun learning this rock classic! Carl...

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Proud Mary Guitar Lesson - Creedence Clearwater Revival


  1. Mooseboy08 on September 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Very interesting! I used to play this song a LONG time ago (as in, when it first came out), and haven’t played it for several decades. I’m doing a reunion with a band I played with in High School and this one is on the setlist. I thought I’d revisit it and do a deep listen again to see if there was anything that I missed the first time around.

    I definitely noticed the JF’s voicings were different, so I went in search. Found you video first. Makes total sense. I still think I’ll play it using the D voicings, but this satisfied my curiosity.

  2. Dan on December 22, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Carl is the guy I always come to when I need to be confident I’m getting
    the most accurately played parts from the original recordings. Carl is a fine
    guitarist and an outstanding educator. Thanks!

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