THE RAIN SONG Guitar Lesson - How To Play THE RAIN SONG By Led Zeppelin

THE RAIN SONG Guitar Lesson - How To Play THE RAIN SONG By Led Zeppelin

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[Music] yet another beautiful composition from jimmy page the rain song of course uh first things first uh we'll break this down into sections like for instance the section that i just played we'll just call that section one and take you through that and then slowly connect it to the other sections
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because there's quite a bit going on here but first things first we're in a g suspended for tuning okay so starting from low to high starting with the sixth string you drop that down a whole step to d drop the a string down a whole step to g drop the d string down a whole step to c the g string stays the same and then the b string comes up a half step to c and then the d string or excuse me the e string the first string
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drops down a whole step to d and you wind up with a g suspended tuning very unusual and very cool as usual with jimmy page okay so i'm going to show you how i play this out the gate i use my ring finger and my pinky and i'm on the seventh fret on the d string and the b string the tab will be just a nice guide but it'll be a combination of the tab and me sort of verbally explaining it so you want to sweep upward across the strings you can hear that at the beginning of the
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recording you don't want to connect with the sixth string however and then you go into the freeform strumming just nice and loose soft and relaxed [Music] and you can see i just moved that down a half step from the seventh fret to the sixth and the advantage of using these two fingers out the gate is that when you get here you move it down to the fifth fret of course and then you add your second finger to
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the fourth fret on the g string and you wind up with that beautiful chord and what he does is he hits the we'll just call the strings by their normal names so he hits the open a string and then two solid down strokes for that chord pinky comes off is replaced with the first finger at the third fret on the b string and then slide on over to the second fret [Music] and then make what would be a standard a
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bar chord but instead of being at the second fret or at the third fret and you want to maintain your pick across the a string the d string the g string and the b string okay don't hit anything below that or above it two strikes on the a string and move the chord down to the second fret what would be your normal a position [Music] and then we move into the next section
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so this is the same shape that we started out with using the ring finger and the pinky but we're up on the 11th fret and if you want you can play this with your two middle fingers it really doesn't matter if that's more comfortable just do it that way but we're going to move from 11 to 9 to 12 back to 11 all the way down to the fourth fret and we'll talk about what happens there when we get there [Music] okay so when we get to the fourth fret we're gonna slide those fingers
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back to the ninth fret and add the eighth fret on the a string to it that gets missed sometimes but that's pretty important part of it [Music] okay and that sweet little action right there is 10 on the b string 11 on the g string and 12 on the d string i attack it with the open a string every every string except the top one really and just slide the chord a half step
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down okay and that leads us into really where the verse starts so you just slide into the verse so to [Music] speak and that's just strumming the chords out we'll talk about the other bits that you can kind of hear vaguely in the studio recording but particularly live so we'll get to that part as well but for now we're just gently strumming through the chords another upward sweep across the strings and that is an
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a minor shape if you will i'm on the ninth fret on the b string tenth fret on the g string and 10th fret on the d [Music] string okay it's got this eighth note feel to it the and feel to it one and two and three
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and four so i think it's best to kind of play it with those kind of strokes what's on the upbeat is an upstroke and what's on the downbeat is a down stroke so i'm on the fifth fret on the d string and the fifth fret on the e string and then we move from the fifth fret on the d string to the fourth fret and then add your second finger to the fifth fret on the a string
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so that was but while you're strumming the chord don't sort of single those notes out [Music] and this bit goes three times in a row but at the end of the third time you want to play this [Music] which you can clearly see on the tab but that's five on the a string four to five on the d
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string and then an open g string and that leads us into the next bit so for this next section we're playing a regular a chord shape at the second fret and uh we're staying with the a string the d string the g string and the b string for this and this is the uh the chord that he played earlier
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where you're adding your ring finger to the fourth fret on the g string and on the studio recording the acoustic guitar actually just strums through the [Music] chords which is quite lovely and then uh he tracked the electric guitar in there but of course live he put the two together so that's what we're gonna do right here now in this lesson so we've
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got which you can see on the tab and what i want to point out about this is if you look at the d string being played at the second fret the easiest way to look at this part is that this part of it changes but the d string moves up chromatically in half steps so if it helps you to kind of get your head wrapped around it that's kind of a cool way to look at it raise it up i use my pinky to grab that note and finally
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[Music] but of course he's putting the lick right in between all of that [Music] okay so the lick is there on the tab so you can see that the lick never changes it's just that ascending d string that changes
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[Music] and you can see when he gets to that fourth chord after he does the up strokes right across the uh e string b string g string and d string and then we move to the next section of course and this is the part of the song that maybe has the most subtle variations throughout it you know and and then again you know if you go and you look at live versions of it with jimmy page you're gonna find even
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more stuff going on right so um anyway in a nutshell i think this is probably one of the harder parts of the song to play because the shapes can be a bit tricky if you haven't been playing very long but i'm barring across the fourth fret okay mainly across the first four strings okay and then this finger is on the fifth fret on the a string and you're eventually going to need the fifth fret at the bottom string and i use my ring finger for that but i land the chord first [Music]
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i think that makes it easier to play and then i pull my finger into position for the [Music] removing that so you can see what's going on there i think that's a pretty good way to do it but it's just easier for me and then we move to this chord so again there's some heavy barring going on here i'm on the second fret now on those same four strings the first four strings my ring finger is on the fourth fret on the a string and my pinky is also on the fourth fret
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on the first string the e string and that's more or less what he plays on the studio recording so he's moving from this [Music] and he lands this chord right here which is simply one finger you can use whatever finger you want really uh maybe one of the first two of course but uh it's the second fret on the a string all right and again we're staying off of the top string the sixth string give the chord a nice sweep and then the
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lick across the uh three bottom strings is [Music] but of course do that while you're holding the cord and we're once again back to that [Music] and of course what happens at this point is you go back to the very beginning to uh repeat all of that but that's where a couple of variations start to happen for instance when you land on the
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part we were just talking about that bit right there uh he starts adding some extensions or doing some hammer-ons and pull-offs so we get to the [Music]
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so what's happening there is it's the same chords right [Music] so he starts to do little fills and ad-libs and things like that i'm hoping you can just see that on the screen [Music] back to this chord just little things like that so feel free to mix that up and play it any way you'd like [Music] back to this chord and then the same thing up here as this chord
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but up on the fifth and the seventh fret just little things like that that he drops in so feel free to do that you can play it the other way too any way you want to do it is perfectly fine so we're moving from here to here back [Music] back to this cord and finally of course [Music]
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and once again [Music] all of that happens once again so now we move into uh the bridge or the midsection of the song so to speak and of course by now the whole band's in we've got the drums the bass the strings uh probably a few guitars firing away but i'm just going to show you how i've played it live with bands over the years just kind of pulling a few of the guitar parts together to make it sound full so
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once we finish the other section with this [Music] that bit right there you do not play the you jump right off of that right into the bridge [Music] so what i'm playing here is i'm barring
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at the seventh fret across the first four strings and i'm adding my ring finger to the ninth fret on the first string the bottom string pulling it off or letting it off for the last strum then move that down to the fifth fret but go ahead and capture the a string as well and then what i like to do is i'm placing my index finger my first finger on the second fret on the first string the e string three solid strums
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and then four to two on the a string [Music] and then place your index finger in the second fret on the d string and for that i'm playing strictly the a string the d string and the d string and then he plays that little lick i like to try to hold the chord down while i do the lick because again i think it sounds fuller on one guitar
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[Music] [Applause] [Music] and you actually play that section four times but at the end of the fourth one you don't play the lick you just go straight back into right
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into the verse [Music] okay so as mentioned earlier i wanted to uh address if you will uh the little uh arpeggios that he plays and you hear this really well in the live recordings but it's it's also in the studio recording it's just a little bit more buried [Music]
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so again that's just the first two chords of the verse and he arpeggiates them like so moves to the next shape the a minor shape and that's it so that's really nice to add in there uh if you want to put it in as well okay and that's it really so far you go back through a whole verse again until you wind up at the end of it of course with this and we are into the outro the tag which
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is also one of the most beautiful things that uh he's ever come up with so let's go ahead and do it so for the outro i'll break it up into two sections as well uh let's say one where you're just basically working with strumming chords and then where you kind of do the hybrid picking uh the pick with the uh combination of the finger or fingers however you choose to do it all right so you slide into this first chord i'll just put the tab up on the screen for this but play it nice and slow so that you can see it it's all chord shapes that he's already
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used uh but he's moving them up the fretboard a lot more [Music] and then you're into the hybrid picking part so uh let's get into that right now
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[Music] so basically what we have for this outro is we have a what would normally be a d minor triad shape okay i'm on the fifth fret on the bottom string sixth fret on the second string and seventh fret on the g string okay and you don't sort of form it at first i play it like this so i kind of form it as you pick your way through it but you're playing the d string open with your pick and using i use my second finger feel free to use
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your third finger in your right hand but you're attacking the e string the first e string at the same time okay and then we're going to essentially do the same thing again but this time we're just using the first finger at the second fret on the e string but it's the same idea same picking pattern same everything same strings same pattern same everything [Music] and then take the same idea down to the third the fourth
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and the fifth fret the only difference there is he plays a set of sixteenth notes and i trust you can see that on the tab okay and then we're in the fifth fret on the a string and the fifth fret on the b string and we're skipping a string for this we're skipping the d string [Music] move that down a half step [Music] and then finally the second fret
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with a few extra strings in the mix and then it's a full on what would normally be an a chord shape i play with my last three fingers but you can play it any way you'd like and you just sweep across the strings from the a string all the way down and of course that whole thing sounds like this
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[Music] there you go the rain song from led zeppelin and the mighty jimmy page you

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