In my opinion, this is one of Jimmy Page's finest moments as a songwriter. The guitar lines he created for "The Rain Song" are simply so unique and gorgeous it is hard to put it into words.
In this The Rain Song guitar lesson, I will show you how to play all of those guitar chords and licks in the order they appear in this now classic song.
As you probably know already, the tuning for this track is quite unique, you will need to tune your guitar starting from the 6th string to (D G C G C D).
There is also a couple of guitar tracks going on at the same time, one electric and one acoustic. What I have done in this lesson is show you the most prominent guitar part at all times. 90% of the time both guitar parts are playing pretty much the same thing. However, there are some chords that are being strummed on the acoustic guitar while they are being arpeggio picked on the electric guitar. For those pars of the song I will show you the various ways you can pick it and also show you any of the licks that are played on the electric guitar.
For the most part, you can play these electric guitar licks while still performing the acoustic guitar parts. It sounds great when you put them together and have a cohesive piece that can be played on just one guitar.
Also, even though I am using an acoustic guitar for the entire lesson, it can also be played just as effectively on the electric guitar as long as it is in the right tuning.
I think I would rate "The Rain Song" as my all-time favorite Led Zeppelin song. The mood it creates and the great detail that went into creating the guitar parts are simply second to none. I think after learning this great song you will come to that very same conclusion. Have fun!
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