Learn How To Play I Can’t Stand The Rain
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
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 the 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.
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 |
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 1 (Free Preview)
To learn from it we study the intervals, play it in five areas of the neck as well as consider hammer-on’s, bends, slides and pull-off’s.
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 2
Only one way to find out, by practicing along with the loop, nailing that TAB.
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 3
Easy in an E and A shape, the G and C shapes also get the honky-tonk treatment in this step.
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 4
Using the loops, you’ll know how to play this in no time.
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 5
Using the TAB chart, keep the video on repeat and play along with me and the singer at least five times in a row.
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 6
This is what we focus on in this step.
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 7
How can we (using slides, hammer-on’s, bends and vibrato) sound like a singer when playing a melody?
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 8
What we do is study the chorus vocal melody in microscopic detail.
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.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
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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.
We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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