Guitar lesson for
Where Rainbows Never Die
by The Steeldrivers • Lesson #112
Print-friendly chord sheet available for Patreon supporters
- Get the PDF here -- after clicking and logging in to Patreon, look for the file attached to the bottom of the post.
Supporting me on Patreon gives you access to the PDF for this as well as 150+ other lessons. One month minimum ($3, cancel anytime) gets you access to everything... here's a free sample. Thanks for supporting me and this project!
- 0:00 Playthrough & lesson overview
- 2:27 Where I start the actual lesson
Capo 2nd fret
If you want to play along with the Steeldrivers version, add a capo to the 2nd fret.
Here’s the main riff you hear, which is repeated in the intro and verse.
e –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––3––3––|– B –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––3––3––|– G –|–––––2––––––––2–––––2–––––––––––––––––0––0––0––0––|– D –|––0–––––––––––2–––––2––––––––4––––––––0––0––0––0––|– A –|–––––––––––0–––––0–––––0––2–––––––––––2––2––2––2––|– E –|––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––2––3––3––3––3––3––|– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D A Bm G
Alternate ending to the riff
And, here’s the version of the riff with the special ending, heard on the 3rd playthrough of the intro. For the 4th playthrough, they go back to the “main” riff shown above.
e –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––––|– B –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––––|– G –|–––––2––––––––2–––––2––––––––0–––––––––––0––––––––|– D –|––0–––––––––––2–––––2–––––––––––4––0–––––0–––––0––|– A –|–––––––––––0–––––0–––––0––2––––––––––––––2––0h2–––|– E –|––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––––––––|– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D A Bm G
How to practice the riff when learning it
Here’s what I practiced over and over while first learning the riff. The focus here is learning (1) the chords, and (2) the bass note transitions. Don’t worry about the timing (yet) and don’t worry about the precise melodic bass notes (yet). Once you get this down, then you can worry about those.
e –|–––––2––– ––––––––––– –––––––(2)– ––––––––3–––––– B –|–––––3––– ––––––––2–– ––––––––3–– ––––––––3–––––– G –|–––––2––– ––––––––2–– ––––––––4–– ––––––––0–––––– D –|––0–––––– ––––––––2–– ––––––––4–– ––––––––0–––––– A –|––––––––– –––––0––––– ––0––2––––– ––––––––x–––––– E –|––––––––– ––3–––––––– ––––––––––– ––2––3––––––––– D A Bm G
Chords needed for the song
Here’s the normal way you play the chords used in this song. When strumming the verse, try to only emphasize the bottom 2-3 strings of each chord (as this song as a very bassy sound to its progression).
e –––2––––0––––3––––2–––– –––2––––(2)––––0––– B –––3––––2––––3––––3–––– –––3–––––3–––––0––– G –––2––––2––––0––––4–––– –––4–––––2–––––0––– D –––0––––2––––0––––4–––– –––4–––––0–––––2––– A ––––––––0––––2––––2–––– –––0–––––0–––––2––– E –––––––––––––3––––––––– –––––––––2–––––0––– D A G Bm Bm/A D/F# Em
But for the intro, I recommend the following voicings / finger positions:
e –––––––– x--- don't play this string B –––2–––– <--- left hand index finger (barred) G –––2–––– <--- left hand index finger (barred) D –––2–––– <--- left hand index finger (barred) A –––0–––– E –––––––– A e –––3–––– <--- left hand pinky finger B –––3–––– <--- left hand ring finger G –––0–––– D –––0–––– A –––x–––– x--- don't play this string (mute it) E –––3–––– <--- left hand middle finger G ## Strumming patterns
Here’s three ways you could strum this.
Continuous down-up strumming:
D A Bm G 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d u
Continuous down strums:
D A Bm G 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d
Conventional strumming pattern:
D A Bm G 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + d d u u d u d d u u d u
Lyrics w/ chords
Capo 2nd fret
INTRO e –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––3––3––|– B –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––3––3––|– G –|–––––2––––––––2–––––2–––––––––––––––––0––0––0––0––|– D –|––0–––––––––––2–––––2––––––––4––––––––0––0––0––0––|– x4 A –|–––––––––––0–––––0–––––0––2–––––––––––2––2––2––2––|– E –|––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––2––3––3––3––3––3––|– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D A Bm G VERSE D A Bm G D A Bm G ........I'm an old man now... I can't do nothing D A Bm G D A Bm G ....Young folks don't pay me no mind D A Bm G D A Bm G ....But in my day I sure was something D A Bm G D A Bm G Before I felt the heavy hand of time (D / A / Bm / G) I'm an old man now... I'm bound for glory Time to lay these burdens down Had enough of this old world of worry Gonna trade my troubles for a crown (D / A / Bm / G) I will make my way across the fields of cotton And wade through muddy waters one last time D A Bm G And in my dreams I come out clean CHORUS Bm Bm/A G D/F# Em G (let ring) ...When I reach the other side, waste away the sunsets (G) D ...Where rainbows never die [ instrumental verse x4 ] BRIDGE A ...I've got on last thing to do G ...One more mile before I'm through A ...Casting off these early chains G A ...Going where theres no more pain [ instrumental verse ] (D / A / Bm / G) I will make my way across the fields of cotton And wade through muddy waters one last time And in my dreams I come out clean Bm Bm/A G D/F# Em G (let ring) ...When I reach the other side, waste away the sunsets (G) D ...Where rainbows never die (D / A / Bm / G) I'm an old man now... can't do nothing Young folks don't pay me no mind (end on D)
Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you. Questions? Comments? Requests? Let me know!
Enjoy my lessons? Buy me a beer!
If this and my other lessons have proven helpful to you, please consider making a one-time donation to my tip jar. Contributions of any amount help make this project possible (including the many, many hours I put into it).
Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Be sure to never miss a lesson by subscribing on YouTube. I put out 2-3 new videos every week. These include full song lessons, as well as covers, practice tips, behind-the-scenes updates. Thanks!
Recent video lessons:
📝 Print-friendly PDFs now available for all new lessons I make, including all those listed below. Get a free sample »
- House of the Rising Sun by The Animals (easy fingerstyle)
Mar 31, 2020 • Lesson #293
- New! Browse my lessons by category, genre, decade, and more
Mar 29, 2020 • Lesson #292
- Banded Clovis by Tyler Childers
Mar 22, 2020 • Lesson #291
- Syncopation & Sus Chords
Mar 20, 2020 • Lesson #289
- Walk-down exercise inspired by the Turnpike Troubadours
Mar 15, 2020 • Lesson #290
- Patience by Guns N' Roses
Mar 12, 2020 • Lesson #288
- 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins (strummy play-along cover)
Feb 29, 2020 • Lesson #287
- Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond (play-along cover)
Feb 28, 2020 • Lesson #286
- 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
Feb 22, 2020 • Lesson #285
- Romeo and Julet by Dire Straits (Lesson #284)
Feb 15, 2020
- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by Righteous Brothers (Lesson #283)
Feb 9, 2020
- Wild World by Cat Stevens (Lesson #282)
Feb 1, 2020
- Memories by Maroon 5 (Lesson #281)
Jan 26, 2020
- "In Dreams"-inspired folksy warmup riff (Lesson #278)
Jan 22, 2020
- Walk Right In by The Rooftop Singers (Lesson #277)
Jan 16, 2020
- Practicing Walk Ups & Walk Downs in G (Lesson #276)
Jan 10, 2020
- My top 12 videos of 2019
Jan 4, 2020
- "Sweet Virginia" (intro) by The Rolling Stones • (Lesson #274)
Dec 29, 2019
- "Sin City" by Gram Parsons (Lesson #272 & 273)
Dec 26, 2019
- 2-string beginner blues riffs (Lesson #271)
Dec 15, 2019
- "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by CCR (Lesson #269 & 270)
Dec 7, 2019
- "My Favorite Picture of You" by Guy Clark (Lesson #268)
Nov 29, 2019
- 12 ways to modify the A-major chord (Lesson #267)
Nov 23, 2019
- 4 tips for learning Blackbird by The Beatles (Lesson #265)
Nov 5, 2019
- Fingerstyle Walkdown Exercise in C (Lesson #264)
Oct 27, 2019