Fool In The Rain

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Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin Preview Guitar Lesson

Lesson Overview

Fool In The rain is Led Zeppelin’s first single, released on their 1979 album “In Through the Out Door” This one has a 12/8 time signature so it’s based on triplets and has sort of a more rolling or shuffle feel to the song, unlike most rock songs that are in 4/4. It uses a lot of three string chord voices in the middle/upper strings, which counterbalances the overdubs. What happens in this song is one guitar plays the repetitive three note voicings while the other guitar plays its characteristic three note melody, creating an interesting polyrhythm. The crazy thing about this song is despite its relaxed beginning, it has a full on samba feel in the bridge that comes out of nowhere. The guitar ends up playing more full acoustic chord voicings in this part with a simple, fast rhythm since the speed doesn’t allow for much else.

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