One of my all time favorite songs is done by Willie Nelson. I created a 2 part Video Tutorial on YourGuitarGuide YouTube channel. Then I figured I would put all together in a lesson. And call it: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Chords & Solo Complete Lesson.
Included in Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Guitar Lesson is:
- Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Chords
- How to play the strumming pattern
- All the walk ups and walk downs to connect the chords.
- The Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain solo
- Lyrics to Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
- Bonus 1 Chord PDF
- Bonus 2 Video Tutorial Willie Nelsons Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Today I will teach you how I play blue eyes crying in the rain. If this sounds like fun. Then grab your guitar and lets get to it.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Chords
First off I will go over what chords we will use. Then what order or chord progression. How to pick and strum the chords. Like classic country Willie Nelson. After that show you what notes to play to connect the chords together. Just like in the song.
Then there is the solo portion of the song. I will show you how to play it too. Alright lets begin with the chords. Need a quick refresher on how to read a chord diagram.
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Finger Position of the E Chord
- Place your first finger at the first fret. On the G string. Which is the third string.
- Next your second finger is on the second fret. Of the A string. (5th string).
- Your third finger is also at the second fret. At the D string. (4th string).
- You can strum all the chords when strumming the E chord.
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A Chord Finger Positioning
- Place your first finger at the second fret, on the 4th string.
- Put your second finger on the 3rd string, at the second fret.
- Then your third finger is on the 2nd string , also at the 2nd fret.
- When strumming the A chord. don’t strike the 6th string.
The B Chord Finger Position
- Place your first finger on the 5th string, at the second fret. (A string).
- Then use your third finger like a bar. Across strings 4 3 2. At the 4th fret.
- When strumming don’t strike the 6th string.
Pro Tip- Playing the B Major chord. Use the tip of your first finger and nudge it against the 6th string. If you accidentally hit the string when strumming it won’t ring out. It will be muted.
Finger Position on the A Major Bar Chord
- Use your first finger like a capo and bar all the strings. At the 5th fret.
- Place your second finger at the 6th fret of the G string. The 3rd string.
- Your third finger is on the 5th string. At the 7th fret.
- Under the third finger is your pinkie. On the D string. (4th string), 7th fret.
- You can strum all the strings.
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How do you play Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain?
Here is the strumming that a lot of Country songs use. I call it bass line picking. When you play the E chord you are going to want to pick the 6th string. Then Strum the chord. Pick the 5th string and then strum the chord.
When playing the A chord. Pick the A string, Which is the 5th string and then strum the chord. Pick the 4th string and then strum the chord.
Guitar Fingerboard Breakthrough
Playing the B chord you want to pick the 5th string. Strum the chord. Bring your first finger up to the 6th string. Place it on the second fret of the 6th string. Then pick the E string. (6th string). When playing the B chord. You toggle back and forth with that first finger.
When your first finger is at the second fret of the 6th string and you strum. You are only strumming strings 4 3 2.
The next chord is the A bar chord. You are going to simply pick the 6th string. Then strum and pick the 5th string and strum. If you need additional help with bar chords you might consider the guitar bootcamp course.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Chord Progression
The song starts out with the E Major chord. After setting up your fretting hand to play the E chord. You start by Hammering on the 5th string. Here’s a link if you need help with Tab and an explanations of what a hammer on is. What is guitar Tab.
After Hammering onto the 5th string. Strum the E chord. Then Pick the 4th string. And strum the E chord. You do this 6 times. (Hammer on, strum and pick 4th string, and strum). This constitutes 1.
Note that the first 2 times you play the E chord it’s the intro. Then the verse starts.
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Walk Up to B
Then walk up to the B chord. The walk up is open A string. Which is the 5th string. Open meaning you are not fretting the string. Then you are going to play the first fret of the A string. And the second fret of the A string.
Use your first finger to fret the first fret and then the second fret of the A string. Because when you get to the second fret. After picking the A string. You are going right into making that B chord. And strumming the B. And then you move your first finger up to the 6th string pick and strum. Like was discussed earlier. This song is in 4/4 timing so count 4 beats on everything.
Next is back to the E chord. But this time you are going to pick the E string. Which is the 6th string first and then strum the E chord. Pick the A string. (5th string). And strum.
And we have another walk up. This time to the A bar chord. But before I show you this. I want you to know that there are a lot of pieces to this. Don’t give up as it is a fun song to play and sing. But what I would recommend is taking small parts and learn them. Then go to the next thing. After you have mastered the first part.
Stay on the E chord for 6 or 12 beats. Then back to the B chord. Use the same walk up to B. After playing the B chord. Go bak to E and then there is a walk up.
Okay now to walk up to the A bar chord. Remember were on the E chord. You want to play an open E string. Then using your first finger fret the first fret of the 6th string. And pick the E string. Move up a half step with your first finger.
Walking up to the A bar Chord
Now you are on the second fret of the 6th string. Pick the 6th string. Then move up a whole step.Two frets to the 4th fret of the 6th string. Play the E string again. Move up a fret one more time. Now you are on the 5th fret with your first finger. You want to get your fingers in position to play the A bar chord. And you are going to pick the 6th string, strum and pick the 5th string and strum.
After picking and grinning on the A bar chord. Then you walk back down to the E chord. Just like we walked up to the A chord only in reverse. Play the A four times.
Pick the E string after fretting frets 5, 4, 2, and open E string. (0). Then play the E chord. Picking the open E string strumming the chord. Then picking the 5th string, and strumming some more. After counting to 4 beats then you. Stop playing by fretting the second fret of the E string. Picking the E string.
To do this simply use your second finger and raise it to the second fret of the 6th string and pick the string.
There is a little lick that is played next. Use your second finger and fret the second fret on the 5th string. Pick the A string 2 times. Then move the same finger to the first fret. Still on the 5th string. Once your there pick the 5th string. Next pick an open A string. Place your second finger on the second fret, 6th string. Playing the E string. Ending with an open E string.
Now you go right back into the E chord. Strum the E, pick the 5th string and strum again. Play the E chord 4 times.
Walk up to B and back to the E. Then the Solo kicks in. This is how I play it. Need to know how to sing & play? Take a look at the Ultimate Guide How to Play Guitar & Sing at the same time.
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Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Solo
To make this a little easier I will say the string to play and the number of the fret. Okay starting with the B string. Which is the second string play all these notes in this order. 0 5 7 slide to the 9th fret. On the 9th fret pick it 4 times. I recommend picking up and down.
Still on the B string. Open B string, fret 5 and 7 again. And slide from 7 to the 9th fret. Pick the 9th fret and then go back to the 5th fret. When your there pick the 5th fret.
Use your third finger to slide to the 9th fret. From the 7th fret. Picking the 9th fret 3 times. Then back to 7th fret. Pick the B string. Then go back up to 9 and play it. After fretting the 7th fret pick the B string.
Next you are still at the 7th fret. Pick it and go to the 9th fret with your third finger. Play that note. Move up a fret to the 10th fret. Still on the B string. And pick the B string two times.
Still using your third finger, place it on the 9th fret. And play the B string. Then it repeats. You are going to play these frets. 0 5 7 slide to 9. Pick the 9th fret 4 times. 0 5 7 slide to 9, pick 9. Go back to 5. Slide from 7 to 9 using third finger. Pick 9 two times. Play the 7 9 and 5. Then back to the 9th fret. Pick it and then bend to 10, drop it down pick it again. Play frets 7. This is all on the B string.
Now we are going up to towards the 6th string. Next Play at frets 9 and 7 on the G string. Which is the third string. Go up a string to the D string and play at frets 9 and then 7. The Part 2 Video Tutorial Shows the Solo.
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Slide to 5 in Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
When you get to the A string. Which is the 5th string. Pick and play at these frets here: 9 8 7 Slide to 5 and pick the A string. Move up to the 6th string and fret at the 7th fret and then the 5th fret.
When you get to the fifth fret. Make sure it is fretted with your first finger. As you need to get in position to play the A Major chord. Your going to pick and strum the chord 4 times.
After playing the A you walk back to the E chord. Playing frets 5 4 3 0. All on the 6th string. Playing the E chord 2 times and stopping at the 2nd fret. Like you did before. Bring your second finger up to the 6th string at the second string.
Throw that little lick in there. Frets 2 2 1 0 on the A string. And then 2 and 0 on the 6th string. Which brings you right back to playing the E chord. (4 times). Walk to the B chord, and play it 2 times.
The Outro is E A E. When I play the Outro I arpeggiate the chords. If you need help doing arpeggiated chords. You might like this lesson Arpeggiated Chord Guitar Lesson.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Chords PDF
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Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Willie Nelson Lyrics
In the twilight glow I see them Blue eyes crying in the rain When we kissed goodbye and parted I knew we'd never meat again Love is like a dying ember only memories remain Through the ages I remember Blue eyes crying in the rain Some day when we meat up Yonder We'll stroll hand in hand again in the land that knows no parting Blue eyes crying in the rain Now My hair has turned to silver All my life iv'e loved in vain I can see her star in heaven Blue eyes crying in the rain Source
Who Wrote Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain?
Blue eyes crying in the rain is a song written by Fred Rose. Even though Willie Nelson made this song famous. And is probably the artist you think of, when you hear the title of the song. Blue eyes crying in the rain. It was originally sang by Roy Acuff. Source