Blind Melon – No Rain (Tabs and Chords)

Blind Melon – No Rain (Chords)

I originally had this one planned for the Acoustic Intros post. But in a fit of nostalgia I blundered into writing up the entire thing.

The chords are a bit tricky. There’s a fast switch between G and the dreaded E chord. You can make the transition a little quicker by using these alternative chord shapes. Or you can put a capo on the second fret and play it like this.

Suggested Strumming

For the intro, chorus and solos do this on the E chord:

d – d – d u d

And this on the D:

u – u – u – u d u

Notice that you switch chords on the up strum. Together they sound like this:


In the verses you can use this twice on E and D and once on A:

d – d u – u d –

One long down strum on A and two down strums on G.

Verse Strum

Twiddly Bits

Here’s the intro. It’s nice and simple.



No Rain (Lead Tab)

The verse follows a similar pattern and includes a few bends. Things get very tricky in the solo. I’ve had to move things around to fit them onto uke.

Here’s how it sounds:



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  1. John August 27th, 2014 9:55 am

    Excellent rendition. I’m always happier after visiting your web site and reading your entries. Thx

  2. The Captain August 27th, 2014 10:53 am

    Can’t wait to try this out. Your ideas sound very cool. Man, what a blast from the past.

  3. Andreas August 27th, 2014 11:28 am

    Playing the E chord the way you do it is ever so easy so slide down to do the D chord with 2nd finger on the 4th string. It is, then, already in place for the consecutive A chord. Or am I doing it all wrong?

  4. Andreas August 27th, 2014 11:33 am

    And do excuse the dangling participle at the beginning of the comment above!

  5. Woodshed August 27th, 2014 12:03 pm

    John: Thanks!

    Captain: Thanks! Have fun playing it.

    Andreas: Thanks very much. That’s a very good point. I’ll get it fixed when I have the chance.

  6. Woodshed August 27th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Andreas: Oh, and let your participles dangle as free as you like around here!

  7. Judy Odrezin August 27th, 2014 1:30 pm

    video not available in my country??

  8. Les August 27th, 2014 9:37 pm

    “This video is not allowed in your country”
    What is so bad about this video that we can’t watch it in the US?
    Now I’m REALLY interested!

  9. Woodshed August 27th, 2014 10:48 pm

    Judy and Les: It’s just the original video for the song. Probably a copyright thing. If you search YouTube for it you’ll be able to find a version you can watch there.

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