Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson

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Hey everyone! In today’s lesson I want to show you how to play one of my all-time favorite songs, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson. This song is originally written by Fred Rose but I think the Willie Nelson version, from his album “Red Headed Stranger,” is one of the best country songs ever recorded.

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2:10 – Chords
5:07 – Strumming
10:18 – Embellishments

The lesson is broken down into three parts: the chords, the strumming and the embellishments.

The chords: There are only 3 chords used in this song – E, A and B7. These are all pretty simple (among the first few chords that almost everybody learns). I show you some tips that will help you switch easier, then we practice playing them using downstrokes only, to help us get used to the chord progression.

Strumming: This is one of the most common country strumming patterns in existence. The main thing in this strumming pattern is to alternate which bass note you are plucking. For the E chord you pluck the low E string, then do a “down up,” then you pluck the A string followed by another “down up.” The E and A strings are reversed for the other two chords in this song – you’ll get what I mean as you watch the tutorial.

Embellishments: Time to add all those extra bits and pieces that make this song come alive! I show you how to play them, one at a time, as we work our way through the tune, and then we practice them together nice and slow. Be sure to incorporate these extra bits one at a time and to take your time with each of them as combining the rhythm part with all of these will take some work and some patience.

I hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you next time!