Led Zeppelin would have to be considered one of the greatest bands in rock history. They had quite a range of styles and sounds due to the combination of talents and virtuosity of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. This package includes songs from their first five albums, some acoustic classics as well as some of their riff-based, power chord songs. These lessons concentrate on the rhythm guitar parts, as Page's leads are generally improvised solos, and a completely different subject. The Bonus Songs are generally shorter lessons that cover the important parts of each song without going as deeply into all the specifics. All these lessons are presented the way Neil teaches them to his students and are very accurate acoustic versions of Jimmy Page's songs.
Lesson 1: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Guitar Lesson - Led Zeppelin
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is an acoustic fingerpicking song played using arpeggios (chords played one string at a time). It uses a repetitive 4-mote pattern and the challenge is to keep all notes ringing as long as possible. Jimmy Page took credit for arranging it as a traditional tune when it appeared on the first Led Zeppelin album. Page and Robert Plant had heard it on a Joan Baez album and later added the real author, Anne Bredon to their credits.
Lesson 2: Heartbreaker Guitar Lesson - Led Zeppelin
The second Led Zeppelin album (Led Zeppelin II) included some great riff-based songs. Heartbreaker has to be one of their best and proved to be the inspiration and model for hundreds of songs that followed it. The recording also featured a classic improvised, unaccompanied guitar solo by Jimmy Page that was later edited into the released version. This lesson looks mostly at the riff and rhythm guitar parts.
Lesson 3: Over The Hills And Far Away Guitar Lesson - Led Zeppelin
Over The Hills And Far Away is from Led Zeppelin's fifth album Houses Of The Holy, and is a great example of Jimmy Page's effective use of syncopation and complex acoustic picking and strumming, as well as quick hammer-ons and pull-offs. This lesson focuses mostly on the acoustic intro but also addresses the power chord riffs that appear later.
Lesson 4: Stairway To Heaven Guitar Lesson - Led Zeppelin
Stairway To Heaven would probably have to be considered one of the greatest songs in rock history, as well as a very important song for all guitar players to learn. It encompasses many techniques from fingerpicking arpeggios to strumming partial chords moving up the neck, and of course a killer lead to close the epic. This lesson covers all the rhythm guitar parts.
Lesson 5: Tangerine Guitar Lesson
Led Zeppelin’s *Tangerine *has been one of the leading requested songs here at TG for quite some time. Jimmy Page had the basic idea for the song developing while he was with the Yardbirds and they recorded the prototype as ‘Knowing That I’m Losing You.’ In 1970 he resurrected and recorded it on Led Zeppelin III, their most heavily acoustic oriented album. Although the song was played on a 12-string, tuned down one half step, with the addition of a mandolin, the acoustic guitar part is the main part of the sound. This lesson goes over the rhythm guitar part, paying particular attention to picking out the moving melody notes and getting the offbeat chord changes just right.
Lesson 6: Whole Lotta Love (IRL)
This is one of the simplest Jimmy Page riffs ever. Whole Lotta Love became one of Led Zeppelin's early signature songs after it was released on Led Zeppelin II.
Lesson 7: The Ocean Guitar Lesson - Led Zeppelin
The Ocean is a classic Jimmy Page riff-based song which first appeared on their 5th album Houses Of The Holy in 1973. The riff is a great example of how Jimmy Page uses unusual time signatures to create a heavily syncopated sound.
Lesson 8: Black Dog (IRL)
Jimmy Page will go down in the history of rock 'n' roll as one of the greatest writers of riff-based songs. Black Dog features some great elements that are challenging on many different levels. It starts with a simple minor pentatonic scale, adds a trill here and a bend there, and combines rhythmic figures that are best played with the steady alternating technique. He then takes a phrase based on the main one and creates a variation with an unusual beat pattern that turns the picking upside down.