Have You Ever Seen The Rain Guitar Lesson

Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

Have You Ever Seen The Rain was written by John Fogerty in 1971 and is one of Creedence Clearwater Revival's best-known and most successful songs. 

In this lesson we're going to be learning my arrangement of Have You Ever Seen The Rain for solo guitar. Whilst the song itself is very easy to play, this is a fingerstyle arrangement and that it makes things considerably harder. 

Having said that, don't let the increased difficulty put you off. Once you do learn this arrangement it's really is great fun to play and with a little work you'll see that it's not so tough.

Song Details:

  • Key - C major 
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 116 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate - advanced

Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Have You Ever Seen The Rain, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.


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Have You Ever Seen The Rain Guitar Lesson (Intro/Verse)

In this first lesson we learn how to play the intro and the verse of Have You Ever Seen The Rain.

You may find certain parts a little tricky at times, so bear in mind that it's almost always possible to simplify things. For instance, you may struggle with the bass line in the verse, particularly on the C major chord. You could simplify it by just playing the root note continuously, this would make it a lot easier to play and it would still sound good. 

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Chorus Lesson for Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Now let's take a look at the chorus section for Have You Ever Seen The Rain. There are certainly a few awkward parts to watch out for here. Firstly, the D shaped F major chord is tricky to grip for a lot of people, and you may find lining the melody up with the bass hard at times. As always, just take it slow and repeat as many times a you need to. 


If you find yourself really struggling with this fingerstyle arrangement and you'd rather just strum/sing along, Justin Guitar's lesson is really easy to follow and very accurate. You can check it out here

Structure of Have You Ever Seen The Rain 

Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus x2

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Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles).

Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Don left a comment on 4th April 2020 at 6:08 pm


    I want to sign up for a couple of courses but had a couple of questions. I am interested in your fingerpicking, and converting songs to fingerstyle course. I also see a couple of song lessons I am interested in. Does purchasing of the courses include PDFs of the material being covered. Also where on your site do I go to select and purchase the courses.


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 4th April 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Don, Thanks for your comment – the courses are specifically about the techniques of playing fingerstyle so don’t include anything to do with the song lessons, which are available for free on the website. If you want to check out the curriculum for each course then use the link at the top of the page for ‘Academy’. I hope that helps, Chris

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