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Purple Rain tab

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Used chords are:

C major [C]

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|---|-2-|---|---|---|
|---|---|-3-|---|---|
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A minor 7 [Am7]

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|-1-|---|---|---|---|
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|---|-2-|---|---|---|
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G major [G]

|---|---|-4-|---|---|
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|---|-1-|---|---|---|
|---|---|-2-|---|---|

F major [F]

|-1-|---|---|---|---          |-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|---          |-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|-2-|---|---|---    or    |---|-2-|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|-4-|---|---          |---|---|-4-|---|---|
|-1-|---|-3-|---|---          |---|---|-3-|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|---          |---|---|---|---|---| x

F major 4 [F4]

|-1-|---|---|---|---          |-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|---          |-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|-4-|---|---    or    |---|---|-4-|---|---|
|-1-|---|-3-|---|---          |---|---|-3-|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|--- x        |---|---|---|---|---| x
|-1-|---|---|---|---          |---|---|---|---|---| x

Intro: C, C, Am7, Am7, G, G, F, F

Lyrics:

1. [C] I ..[Am7] sorrow.
   [G] I .. [F] pain. [F4]
   [C] I ..[Am7] laughing.
   I [G] ..
   in ..[C] rain.

R. Purple ..[F] rain. [F4]
   [F] Purple ..[C] rain.
   [Am7] Purple ..[G] rain.
   I only want to see you baby
   In the purple [C] rain.

2. I ..[C] lover. [Am7]
   [G] I ..[F]friend, hey. [F4]
   [C] Baby ..an[Am7]other.
   [G] Such ..[C] end.

R. Purple ..[F] rain. [F4]
   [F] Purple ..[C] rain.
   [Am7] Purple ..purple [G] rain.
   I ...
   In ..[C] rain.

3. Honey ..[C] changin'. [Am7]
   [G] It's ..[F] new.
   That ..[F4]
   [C] ...
   [Am7] But ....
   I ..[G] it.
   And ...[C] rain.

R. Purple ..[F] rain. [F4]
   [F] Purple ..[C] rain.
   (Whew! ..
   Help ..[Am7] come ..
Purple ...
   I ...
   In ..] rain.

A simple playing technique:

 C                 Am7               G
|-------0|-----0--|-------0|-----0--|-------3|-----3--|
|1---1--1|1-1--11-|1---1--1|1-1--11-|-------0|-----0--|
|0---0---|0-0---0-|0---0---|0-0---0-|0---0---|0-0---0-|
|2---2---|2-2---2-|2---2---|2-2---2-|0---0---|0-0---0-|
|3---3---|3-3---3-|0---0---|0-0---0-|2---2---|2-2---2-|
|--------|--------|--------|--------|3---3---|3-3---3-|

 F              F4 G                          C
|-------1|------0-|---3----|---3----|---3----|--------|--------|
|1---1--1|1-1---11|---0----|---0----|---0----|1-------|--------|
|2---2---|2-2----3|0---0---|0---0---|0---0---|0-------|--------|
|3---3---|3-3----3|0---0---|0---0---|0---0---|2-------|--------|
|3---3---|3-3-----|2---2-2-|2---2-2-|2---2-2-|3-------|--------|
|--------|--------|3---3-3-|3---3-3-|3---3-3-|--------|--------|
                                              |_______________|


A picking pattern

 C        Am7      G        F        F4
|-----0--|-----0--|-----3--|-----1--|-----1--|
|----1-1-|----1-1-|----0-0-|----1-1-|----1-1-|
|---0---0|---0---0|---0---0|---2---2|---3---3|
|--2-----|--2-----|--0-----|--3-----|--3-----|
|3-------|0-------|--------|--------|--------|
|--------|--------|3-------|1-------|1-------|


The original technique used by PRINCE:

You need the following additional chords:

C major 9 [C9]

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|-1-|---|---|---|---|
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|---|---|-3-|---|---|
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A minor 7/4 [Am74]

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|-1-|---|---|---|---|
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F major 9 [F9]

|-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|---|
|-1-|---|-4-|---|---|
|-1-|---|-3-|---|---|
|-1-|---|---|---|---|

 C9                Am74 Am7     Am74 G
|--------|--------|-------0|-----0--|-------3|-----3--|
|1-------|--------|1---1--1|1-1--11-|-------0|-----0--|
|0-------|--------|0---0---|0-0---0-|0---0---|0-0---0-|
|0-------|--------|02--2---|2-2---0-|0---0---|0-0---0-|
|3-------|--------|0---0---|0-0---0-|2---2---|2-2---2-|
|--------|--------|--------|--------|03--3---|3-3---3-|
 |_______________|

 F9       F  F4 F  G                          C
|-------1|---1-1--|-------3|-------3|-------3|--------|
|1------1|1--1111-|-------0|-------0|-------0|1-------|
|0-------|02--2-2-|0---0-0-|0---0-0-|0---0-0-|0-------|
|3-------|3---3-3-|0---0-0-|0---0-0-|0---0-0-|2-------|
|3-------|3---3-3-|2-2-2---|2-2-2---|2-2-2---|3-------|
|--------|--------|3-3-3---|3-3-3---|3-3-3---|--------|


Refrain:

 C        F        F4       F        F        C9
|--------|-------1|-----1--|--------|--------|-------0|-----0--|
|1-------|1---1--1|1-1--11-|1---1---|1---1---|1---1--1|1-1--11-|
|0-------|2---2---|3-3---3-|2---2---|2---2---|0---0---|0-0---0-|
|2-------|3---3---|3-3---3-|3---3---|3---3---|0---0---|0-0---0-|
|3-------|3---3---|--------|3---3---|3---3---|3---3---|3-3---3-|
|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|

                    {------3x-------}
 Am7                G                           C
|-------0|-----0--||-------3|-----3--||--------|--------|--------|
|1---1--1|1-1--11-||-------0|-----0--||--------|1-------|--------|
|0---0---|0-0---0-||0---0---|0-0---0-||0---0---|0-------|--------|
|2---2---|2-2---2-||0---0---|0-0---0-||0---0---|2-------|--------|
|0---0---|0-0---0-||2---2---|2-2---2-||2---2---|3-------|--------|
|--------|--------||3---3---|3-3---3-||3---3---|--------|--------|
                                                |_______________|

Hint: Prince plays this in B major. If you want to play it together
      with the LP, you should tune your guitar down one step.

            
            
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rattlehead_01 207 Jan 04, 2009 02:49 PM

I like it.

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willgard241 10 Apr 25, 2016 06:45 AM

or you could play it in eb like the recording just a thought and scale down the phrasing 1/2 a step

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