I Can’t Stand The Rain

Learn How To Play I Can’t Stand The Rain

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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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 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 blues.

Chord Progression

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 |

Guitar Lessons

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 1

In this first step, we look at how to play the main riff in the key of A.

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.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 1.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 2

As you now can play the riff in all five shapes in A, surely playing in D is easy?

Only one way to find out, by practicing along with the loop, nailing that TAB.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 2.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 3

It’s time to honky-tonk.

Easy in an E and A shape, the G and C shapes also get the honky-tonk treatment in this step.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 3.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 4

Let’s learn the chorus and instrumental section exactly as I played it with a singer on just one guitar.

Using the loops, you’ll know how to play this in no time.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 4.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 5

The time has come to play the complete song.

Using the TAB chart, keep the video on repeat and play along with me and the singer at least five times in a row.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 5.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 6

If you and I don’t play the same thing at the same time – we will sound better together.

This is what we focus on in this step.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 6.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 7

Let’s take a microscopic close up look at what the vocal melody for the verse is.

How can we (using slides, hammer-on’s, bends and vibrato) sound like a singer when playing a melody?

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 7.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 8

This final step has 18 TAB loops.

What we do is study the chorus vocal melody in microscopic detail.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain Step 8.

Related Pages


I Can't Stand The RainI can’t stand the rain
Against my window
Bringing back sweet memories
I can’t stand the rain

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ann-peebles-thumbAnn 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.


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