Video Tutorial Of How To Play Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin Playing Stairway To Heaven

Stairway to Heaven was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar. I never learned to play it all,  just the first acoustic part and I still enjoy playing this. I think being able to pick this tune out, made it conceivable that I could pick out a tune and not just strum one. It seemed so difficult at the time, but it's actually relatively simple to learn.

Page Played Many Instruments

Jimmy Page played a big range of stringed instruments besides the many Guitars he owned. Such as mandolin, dulcimer, theremin, bass, banjo, harmonica, dobro, sitar, keyboards, tambourine, tamboura, hurdy gurdy and pedal steel guitar.

"When I grew up there weren't many other guitarists ... There was one other guitarist in my school who actually showed me the first chords that I learned, and I went on from there. I was bored so I taught myself the guitar from listening to records. So obviously it was a very personal thing."

While still a student, Page would often perform on stage at The Marquee with bands such as Cyril Davies' All Stars, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and with guitarists Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Mike Leander of Decca Records first offered Page regular studio work.

Page Started With Session Work.

Page was the favoured session guitarist of producer Shel Talmy. As a result, he secured session work on songs for The Who and The Kinks. Page's studio output in 1964 included Marianne Faithfull's "As Tears Go By", The Nashville Teens' "Tobacco Road", The Rolling Stones' "Heart of Stone", Van Morrison & Them's "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Here Comes the Night", Dave Berry's "The Crying Game" and "My Baby Left Me", Brenda Lee's "Is It True," and Petula Clark's "Downtown".

In 1965 Page was hired by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham to act as house producer and A&R man for the newly-formed Immediate Records label, which also allowed him to play on and/or produce tracks by John Mayall, Nico, Chris Farlowe, Twice as Much and Eric Clapton. Page also formed a brief songwriting partnership with then romantic interest, Jackie DeShannon.

Page (known as Little Jim) also composed and recorded songs for the John Williams album The Maureeny Wishful Album with Big Jim Sullivan. Page worked as session musician on Donovan Leitch's Sunshine Superman (1966) and the Johnny Hallyday albums Jeune Homme (1968) and Je Suis Né Dans La Rue (1969), the Al Stewart album Love Chronicles (1969), and played guitar on five tracks of Joe Cocker's debut album, With a Little Help from My Friends.

My session work was invaluable. At one point I was playing at least three sessions a day, six days a week! And I rarely ever knew in advance what I was going to be playing. But I learned things even on my worst sessions — and believe me, I played on some horrendous things. I finally called it quits after I started getting calls to do Muzak.

I decided I couldn't live that life anymore; it was getting too silly. I guess it was destiny that a week after I quit doing sessions, Paul Samwell-Smith left The Yardbirds, and I was able to take his place. But being a session musician was good fun in the beginning — the studio discipline was great. They'd just count the song off, and you couldn't make any mistakes.

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For the recording of most of Led Zeppelin material from Led Zeppelin's second album onwards, Page used a Gibson Les Paul guitar (sold to him by Joe Walsh) with Marshall amplification. A Harmony Sovereign H-1260 was used in-studio on Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV and on-stage from 5 March 1971 to 28 June 1972. During the studio sessions for Led Zeppelin, and later for recording the guitar solo in "Stairway to Heaven", he used a Fender Telecaster (a gift from Jeff Beck). He also used a Danelectro 3021, tuned to DADGAD, most notably on live performances of "Kashmir".

Page is famous for playing his guitar with a cello bow, as on the live versions of the songs "Dazed and Confused" and "How Many More Times". This was a technique he developed during his session days,and he used his Fender Telecaster and later his Gibson Les Paul for his bow solos.

He usually recorded in studio with a Vox AC30, Fender, and Orange amplification. His unique use of the Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII fuzzbox , MXR Phase 90 , wah-wah pedal, MXR Blue Box , Danelectro Coral electric sitar ("Ten Years Gone"), slide guitar, banjo , pedal steel guitar on "Tangerine" and for effect at the very end of "Over the Hills and Far Away", and acoustic guitar also demonstrated his versatility and creativity as a composer. Also during the late 1970s, Page was also among a few guitarists to use the Roland guitar synthesiser, which can be heard on the 1979 album In Through the Out Door. On a number of Led Zeppelin songs Page experimented with feedback devices and a theremin.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin helped to establish the late 60's early 70's musical industry innovation of concept album music, that is - refusing to release popular "radio" songs as singles (although sometimes unable to control their record company actions). In doing so, Jimmy Page also helped to establish the essential format for heavy metal, as well as this genre's dominant sound, headbangingly loud drum beats and distorted electric guitar with lighter acoustic shades including mythology, folk and world music. An innovative and imaginative musician, Page changed engineers each album, ensuring that he was known to be the originator of the Led Zeppelin sound.

In the summer of 1968, Zeppelin formed after Jimmy Page (who only joined the Yardbirds for their final album, 1967's Little Games) was left holding the responsibility of an upcoming Yardbirds tour in Scandinavia in September 1968 and the bands name rights - when Keith Relf, James McCarty and later, Chris Dreja disembarked. Page recruited Robert Plant, then singing with a band called Hobbstweedle, and was approached by bassist John Paul Jones to join the New Yardbirds. Plant recommended that Page hire his old bands (Band of Joy) drummer John Bonham, as the final member.

In October of 1968 after the tour, Chris Dreja asked Page to cease use of the Yardbirds name. Page chose Led Zeppelin,  a name with a perfect combination of heavy and light derived from comments about "going down like a lead balloon". Page financed and recorded Zeppelins debut album in less than a fortnight and manager Peter Grant  secured a contract with Atlantic Records with extremely flexible and progressive terms for the era.

Throughout 1969, Zeppelin toured tirelessly in England and America.  They recorded their second album, Led Zeppelin II, while  on the road and released it in October of 1969. For the composition of their third album, Page and Plant retired to Bron-Yr-Aur, a remote cottage in Wales, in 1970 and in October of 1970, Led  Zeppelin III was released.

Cover of "Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)"

Cover of Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)

Led Zeppelin's unique sound featuring a blend of acoustic folk and distorted electrical amplification is perhaps best known from tracks on the group's untitled fourth album, which was released in November of 1971.

"Stairway to Heaven," was an immediate and seemingly everlasting radio hit, eventually becoming the most played song in the history of album-oriented radio (Stairway was never released as a single).

Led Zeppelin IV was the band's most musically diverse and popular album to date, from the heavy rock of  "Black Dog" to the light folk of "The Battle of Evermore." Led Zeppelin IV was Zeppelin's biggest album ever, selling well over 16 million copies over the next two and a half decades.

In all Led Zeppelin recorded eight studio albums, the last was released in September of 1979 and entered the charts at number one in both America and England.

In May of 1980, Led Zeppelin embarked on their final European tour and in September, began rehearsing  for an American tour. Sadly, their drummer John Bonham died and Zeppelin announced they could not continue as a band without Bonham. The remaining members all continued with solo careers.

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