Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song (Tab)

Led Zeppelin – Rain Song (Tab)

I just love Zeppelin so this song has been on my to-do pile for a long time. It had stayed there because I was a bit intimidated by how much there is going on. But once I got stuck into it the tune transferred to the ukulele surprisingly smoothly. I didn’t even have to change the key and I think I crammed the most important parts in.

My version is shortened but most of the important sections are in there once.

My favourite technique in the tune is the long, drawn out up strums. I’m doing a slow up strum with my index finger there. Definitely worth incorporating into your playing arsenal.

Trickiest Bit

I found sliding down the 3323 chord really tricky. You can simplify out without losing anything much by muting the g-string and just sliding down the G7 chord shape i.e. from x323 to x212.


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  1. Chris July 17th, 2014 7:39 pm

    Just beautiful. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you, was looking for a challenge and I think I’ve found one!

  2. Lori July 18th, 2014 12:03 pm

    WOW! One of my favorite songs from my all time favorite band! Thank you for that beautiful arrangement. Wonderful!

  3. Ivey Stowe July 18th, 2014 2:20 pm


  4. Woodshed July 18th, 2014 2:53 pm

    Chris: Happy playing!

    Lori: Thanks very much!

    Ivey: Glad you like!

  5. kevin July 18th, 2014 4:11 pm

    Very nice ,One of my favorites,Cant wait to play this one,Thank you

  6. Claybp July 19th, 2014 4:00 am

    Excellent! Been looking for this one forever. My favorite and sounds wonderful on the Uke. Thanks for doing this. You’re amazing.

  7. Woodshed July 19th, 2014 10:24 am

    Kevin: Thanks! Hope you enjoy playing it.

    Claybp: Thanks very much!

  8. tooney July 20th, 2014 10:04 pm

    Just beautiful. Great arrangement, as always. Love how delicately you can play. Welcome back!

  9. Woodshed July 20th, 2014 11:22 pm

    tooney: Thanks so much!

  10. Rob Schneider December 21st, 2014 1:12 am

    Great version! The 3323 chord is a bit tricky, I actually fret the G string note with my thumb. For me, it’s easier than using all 4 fingers if you are hamfisted like me.

  11. Woodshed December 21st, 2014 1:01 pm

    Rob: Thanks! Glad you found a way to make it work for you.

  12. Vanessa December 29th, 2014 2:42 am

    I’ve been having trouble with downloads on your site for about 2 weeks now. I can’t download any of the files and I’m having trouble accessing your songs. Is there a problem at your end?

  13. Vanessa December 29th, 2014 2:42 am

    Just ignore the last comment. You can’t download while a video is playing. Doh!

  14. Woodshed December 29th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Vanessa: Sorry about that. That’s strange. I’m not getting that problem. Which browser are you using?

  15. luca August 31st, 2015 10:54 am

    that’s great! won’t you make some other Led Zeppelin tabs (as well as this one)?

  16. Woodshed August 31st, 2015 11:47 am

    luca: Maybe. I do love Zeppelin but their songs aren’t the most ukeable.

  17. Jim June 13th, 2016 11:40 am

    I love this site.
    I use to play this on guitar many years ago.
    now i can play it on uke thanks to you.
    Great tab/arrangment.
    Thank you so much.

    (ps.there is a tiny typo,,or tabo on measure 33.
    All the 3’s should be 5’s and all the 5’s should be 7’s)

  18. Woodshed June 13th, 2016 12:30 pm

    Jim: Thanks very much for the correction. Fixed it.

  19. Greg June 23rd, 2016 7:51 pm

    Which is the part where you return/repeat to section 1 over and over, at end of section 22?

  20. Dan Gilmore January 7th, 2017 6:45 am

    Love that, do you have a baritone ukulele that is played? I and getting one and would be great if I had tab for Rain Song for baritone ukulele. Thanks, Dan

  21. Patrick March 9th, 2017 9:55 pm

    What ever happened to the YouTube video? I’ve learned most of the song, but I need an example of someone else playing this piece to make sure I got it down pat.

  22. Woodshed March 11th, 2017 6:14 am

    Patrick: That’s weird. It’s at the top of the post for me. Here’s a link to it.

  23. Woodshed March 17th, 2017 9:11 am

    Patrick: I’ve investigated further and it looks like YouTube took it down but was still showing it to me. I’ve reuploaded it here.

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