John Fogerty – Swamp Water – request from beginner

If you found your way here due to a recommendation from wordpress, I must apologize. This post was done as a quick response to a request, and is easily the least professional of my non-professional licks/solos and song posts. This piece was the theme for a new show, and many guitarists were searching for quick demo and tab, so it initially had a fairly good response from google search, and I guess that wordpress thought it was popular.

Either way, thank you for stopping by.

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John Fogerty – Swamp Water – tab simple version for beginner

39 comments on “John Fogerty – Swamp Water – request from beginner

  1. wow! Good to see something from a guitarist. I am one myself, playing and writing songs
    Keep up the good stuff!

  2. Hi. I am a slight loss as to the name I should use in addressing you: is your name actually as depicted on your site (i.e.,John Foggerty) or are you using that
    name as as pseudonym? I am not really educated with respect to the art of reading music, so it will probably not be wise of me to make any objective (or sujective) comments at this point. I have never had the pleasure of learning how to either read music or play any form of instrument, although I am quite sure the opportunity presented itself during more than one ocassion: but, surely this does not indicate that we may not share other interests. The beauty, of course, in having a social media such as this only facilitates such an adventure, perhaps even to the unknown with respect to both or all of us as a large community of interactive communication. It would therefore behoove all of us to explore new idea as they arise, as in the realm of music or any other facet of life that might pique or intetests.

    It was indeed a pleasure to know you, in as much as I have lesrned from your blog site and it is my hope that we are able to strike up a conversation from time to time.

    • Excellent. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, I’ll answer them, or try to point you in the right direction if I am unable. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    • Thank you for stopping by, but I can’t imagine my blog would be of much general interest. The majority of posts are the same text, a video demonstration of how to play a piece, and the tablature for it.

      Regardless, thank you again for stopping and taking the time to comment.

  3. Kindly accept my sincere thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my poem ‘Night’. Though I am a music lover in a sense of term, I am of the opinion that whatever strings are strung these are the creations of the person concerned. And if the same is taught to others, it is indeed a noble one. What a peace one gets when immersed in the music. Thanks again.

  4. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and liking “It’s Never Too Late” It’s funny you stopped by and your visit led me to your site because my 5 year old daughter is begging for guitar lessons. I’ve been debating as I think she might be a little young. Would love to know your opinion.

    • Hello, and thank you for stopping by with a great question.

      Carlos Santana started playing violin at age five, and guitar by age seven. Stevie Ray Vaughan was seven.

      Times change. Joe Bonamassa received his first guitar from his father at the age of 4, and by age 7 he was playing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix tunes note for note.

      My daughters started playing clarinet and saxophone by about 5th grade, and by their senior year in high school had won major music competitions and had played at Lincoln Center.

      Kids will let you know what they want to do, and I think they should be supported. With our children, we told them that they had to choose something to do, and whether it was dance or music, take all the lessons and practice for a year. If the following year, they didn’t want to continue, okay, but they had to start something else. So they chose something they loved, and our rule about practicing for a year ensured that we they couldn’t quit just because they were too young to understand what it meant to keep a commitment.

      As they became older, we didn’t have to tell them to practice, because they had already learned that success wasn’t a gift from someone, it was the result of their own efforts. That’s a great lesson for every part of life.

      Good luck.

  5. Thank you for liking my post and I will be following your blog. I used to play guitar, not well but did enjoy it, then I shattered my left wrist and arm and couldn’t play anymore. Had to give up the fiddle also. I did keep my mandolin, even though I don’t play it often because the left wrist doesn’t move much with all the metal in it, I still attempt it but I love guitar music so will be watching your blog.

    • Wow, what a very unfortunate situation for you. Always sad to hear when a musician of any level loses their ability to play.

      Thank you for stopping by, I realize my type of wordless blog has a very narrow demographic. Those who wish to learn only the licks I like.

      B ^ ) If you try to please everyone, you please no one, so I do just the licks/solos and songs I want to relearn after the strokes.

      Thanks again.

  6. I wanted to thank you for noting that you liked so many of my posts on my blog, gunsandnobuttter. Also, I am very, very happy to have found a guitar player on here. As some of my writing reveals, I have had a long-standing but sadly unrequited love affair with music. In any event, the first thing I gotta do is repair my speakers because I can’t hear your audio-visual piece.

    Maybe I wasn’t supposed to place this comment here — perhaps I should have e mailed you directly — I am a bit of a techno ingnoramus.

    • This is as good a spot as any, although I wish wordpress would stop recommending this particular post. It was put up quickly in response to a request, so of all my poorly done pieces, this is one of the worst.

      But thank you for stopping by, as I realize my blog hasn’t a wide demographic.

      • I don’t think your blog should have a narrow demographic. Music rules. And, btw, in the years before free verse became dominant, poetry was rooted in music.
        When I write something with a good beat, and compelling language, I inadvertently refer to the piece as a song — probably because I always wanted to be a musician. I had a band years ago, and I could dance like Jagger, but my voice sucked..

    • Well, first guitar lessons can be great, or they can feel like…..a train wreck…enjoyed your post. I recently had to relearn how to play guitar following a couple of serious strokes, so I all too well remember how difficult it can be.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I tried to learn how to play the guitar years ago and discovered much to my dismay that my fingers are all thumbs, quite literally. I even built a guitar from a kit (probably couldn’t play that either). Anyway, great site and thanks for stopping by my site.

    • I love the idea of building a pond on my property, at least I do now that I’ve seen what is possible on your blog.

      Never been a great guitarist myself, but the blog helps me keep track of what I’ve relearned since recovering from a couple of strokes. Always the hope that the quick demo and tab will help others learn how to figure out the full songs once they’ve had a bit of a clue.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • On that video I was using a battery powered VOX DA5, on the tremolo/reverb setting. It has a tap function to set the tempo, so there is no actual setting number I can tell you. The speed of the tremolo was the speed I hit the tap button. As you can tell from the video, it’s a medium tempo tremolo. Too long or short will ruin the effect.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more informative/helpful.

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