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First Steps in Learning "Fire and Rain"

Lesson #428

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Editor’s Notes

Hey there, friends! I’m two days into learning FIRE AND RAIN by James Taylor, and wanted to share this video with some helpful tips – in case you too are just getting started with the song. Instead of diving immediately into the intricacies of James Taylor’s exact arrangement, I want to start off giving you an overview of the chord shapes & finger positions used in the intro and verse sections. I’ll explain things big-picture, shining light on the broad strokes that are initially helpful to get a handle on. I’ll also walk through a few sample exercises you can play (which I’ve also been practicing!) that help you develop fluency with these chord shapes. From there, you’ll be ready to rock when you’re ready to continue with a full lesson.

Be sure to check out my 2-page PDF to accompany this lesson, which acts as a practice guide for you to follow along with when learning these chord shapes. The PDF also includes the sample exercises I show in my video, written out in tab form, which help you develop fluency with these chord shapes and transitions. Let’s do it!

One quick note about capo usage

My full video lesson for Fire and Rain

…is coming soon! As I note in the video above, I’m currently working on learning the full song and preparing my lesson. Look for my full lesson in mid-late April 2022. To stay in the loop, subscribe to my YouTube channel or my free email newsletter – that way you’ll be notified as soon as the lesson is released.

James Taylor’s Album Version

Remember, he’s using capo 3rd fret with the chord shapes I show in my video lesson above.

James Taylor explaining the song

Technically he calls this a “lesson” – but he doesn’t explain the details, step by step. But still - this is still a cool video to watch!

Other teachers explaining this song

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