Learn how to play the song “Have you Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. This song was written by John Fogerty, the lead singer of CCR. It was released in 1970 off the album Pendulum. The song topped the charts in Canada reaching number one on the RPM 100 National Album Chart in 1971 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US the same year. Read more about this song over at Wikipedia if interested.
So, let’s get going on this lesson. This Have you Ever Seen the Rain Guitar Lesson is taught by Marty Schwartz with GuitarJamz.com. He has prepared an excellent video tutorial that you will find below. This will be taught on acoustic guitar and is an excellent song for beginners to learn.
Here are the chords needed for this tune: C Major, G Major, F Major (If you are unable to play the full barre chord, check out this easy version of the F Major Chord here), A Minor
Strumming Pattern: The strumming pattern is probably the most difficult part of this song. It involves what is often referred to as a “Percussive Chucking” technique. This is where you use the heel of your strumming hand to quickly hit the strings and body of your guitar near the sound hole to produce that “Chucking” sound. It is difficult to explain but this technique is really cool and used in many songs and definitely something you should learn. Watch the video below to see how it is done.
Now if the above strumming pattern is too difficult for you, you can keep things really simple and just play a strumming pattern of: D D D U D U, where D= Down and U= Up.
There are also some cool embellishments that Marty will show you, but if these again are too difficult, you can stick to a simple strumming pattern.