Fire and Rain Guitar Lesson Video – James Taylor

This Fire and Rain guitar lesson video will take you step by step through James Taylor's classic song.

This song is probably one of the most requested acoustic guitar songs in the history of GuitarLessons365 simply because of it's beautiful fingerpicked guitar parts and classic vocal lines.

James Taylor's acoustic guitar style can be a bit unorthodox at times but hopefully after just a few minutes of this Fire and Rain guitar lesson video you will be able to grasp the concepts and techniques used to play this beautiful song.

Fire And Rain consists of 4 different guitar parts all of which are pretty similar. It uses fingerpicking throughout and is a great study in the acoustic fingerpicking guitar style of James Taylor.

If some of the techniques used in this Fire and Rain guitar lesson video are new to you just be sure to take your time with each section before trying to combine them all into a complete song. Within no time you will be playing this classic acoustic guitar song with ease.

It doesn't need to be said, this one is an all-time classic. Playing this song is quite satisfying to players of all ability levels. Have fun!!!

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Fire and Rain Guitar Lesson Video


  1. Jason on January 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Great site! 2 things, 1st can you add a for study video for fire and rain? I learned the parts, but am having trouble putting everything together in what order. Also, the classical gas video isnt working on my ipad, but other videos do. Thanks!

    • Carl Brown on January 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Hey Jason, not sure why the Classical Gas video isn’t working on your iPad. They are all YouTube embeds and should work the same but I will look into it.

      As for the performance study video for “Fire And Rain”, I decided to stop doing performance videos since YouTube kept removing the audio or the whole video altogether. I actually don’t know which ones they will remove until I have already uploaded it so I decided it just wasn’t worth the trouble. Instead, I just perform each section that I am gonna teach at the beginning of each video. 🙂

      Unfortunately that is all I can do at this point.

      Thanks a bunch for watching! Carl..

  2. Bob Hughes on March 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Hey Jason, you can go to youtube and type in fire and rain james taylor and you will find the whole song..or if your old like I am then you know the song by heart lol

  3. Anonymous on July 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    great lesson, now able to mix finger style and strumming with a pick with this song/ thanks

  4. Simon Woodhead on September 19, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Great site and fantastic lessons that compliment my weekly lessons with a tutor. I am recommending you to him and every guitar player I know. Keep up the great work Carl and thank you.

  5. J.Francois bonet darcy on September 28, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Thanks Carl……what a beautiful song! Carl, I’ve heard some guitar instructors stress the following point, the strings need to be tuned up again once a the capo is in place and I’ve noticed that it does make a difference…….is that something you do?


    • Carl Brown on October 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Yes I usually do that as well. The capo can slightly throw the strings out of tune. 🙂

  6. J.Francois bonet darcy on October 14, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks Carl.

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