You can learn how to play I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles!

I Can’t Stand The Rain is a single from Ann Peebles, the queen of Memphis soul label Hi Records.

Since the original release, many artists have covered the song, including Tina Turner.

The chords and chord progression are heavily influenced by a standard blues progression. On a first listen, it might seem as if it is just that, a simple blues.

However, on closer inspection, you’ll find that the chords are actually a lot more adventurous than your average twelve-bar.


Chords

The intro is just a riff over an A7 chord.

As the verse starts a standard A to A6 part is used and then repeated over the D, like this:

| A6 | A6 | D6 | A6 |

The chorus is much more adventurous starting on a bVIIx (G) before we go back to A, then a C (bIIIx) before we resolve with a II – V.

| G | G | A | A |

| C | C | Bm7 | E7 |

We’ll explore what all this means in great depth in the course, we even play the vocal melody!


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles!

Step 1 (Main riff in A)Step 2 (Main riff in D)Step 3 (Honky-tonk)Step 4 (Chorus & Instrumental)Step 5 (Complete song)Step 6 (2nd guitar part)Step 7 (Verse vocal melody)Step 8 (Chorus vocal melody).


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Lyrics

I can’t stand the rain, against my window,
bringing back sweet memories.
I can’t stand the rain, against my window,
’cause he ain’t here with me.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain – Lyrics.


Ann Peebles – Biography

Ann Peebles is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, best known for her popular Memphis soul albums of the 70s on Hi Records.

Two of her better-known songs are I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down and I Can’t Stand The Rain.

Go to Ann Peebles – Biography.


Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.