Black Dog Led Zeppelin Guitar Lesson

Here’s a guitar lesson on Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. The solo is in a blues rock style, the foundation of my lead playing. My research told me some amazing things. Jimmy Page was not using a guitar amplifier. Andy Johns had him plug into a pair of 1176 compressors in series, and distorted the mic pre and the compressors before going to tape. Each guitar line is tripled, and it all makes sense when you hear it. It sounds so impossibly grungy and wrong in that singularly Jimmy Page sort of way. And from
Black Dog was written around a riff John Paul Jones brought in, something that he says was inspired by the Muddy Waters album “Electric Mud”. Black dog is deceptively complex…The notion that Jones made a challenging arrangement to discourage cover bands from playing it is just a myth. The title refers to a black labrador that wandered the area of Headly Grange, a mansion in Hampshire England where Led Zeppelin four was recorded.
A big thank you to all you site members and subscribers… Thanks for watching, ENJOY, Tim

39 thoughts on “Black Dog Led Zeppelin Guitar Lesson

  1. Michael Adams

    Another great lesson. I love how you take the classics and make them your own, while retaining the heart and soul of the original.


  2. Richard Kirby

    You are so the man! The joy you express while playing and teaching us makes me wish I was your long time friend or better yet your neighbor

    So glad I found you!

    Thank You


  3. Jim Clabaugh

    For some reason (me) I can’t figure out where the link is for the solo video.
    PS: These videos Tim makes are fantastic! Could you imagine having Tim as your teacher? All the secrets revealed.


    Great Job with Black Dog Tim! I love that lick… I remember learning this on Bass years ago. You have expanded on it much more with your brilliant playing! Thank you 🙂

  5. ray

    Wow Tim! Your song selection is awesome and it’s so cool to be able to learn from a teacher that I have full faith in playing and teaching it correctly to the world’s most okay-est guitar player. Ha! Thanks very much!

    Also, how about teaching an song that has open tuning…like say maybe Gimme Shelter?! 🙂

    – ray

  6. Steve

    Thanks very much for taking the time to put these videos together. I have to say I agree with the consensus, you seem to be genuinely enjoying this whole thing!
    Thanks Tim!

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