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 SoundFacts.com: 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
Heartbreaker was always one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs, not only because of the guitar but also the amazing bass part. I’m sure it’s well documented somewhere but to me it sounds like a Rickenbacker bass through some sort of Leslie on fast speed or some sort of tremolo. In the verse the guitar just kind hangs out and lets the bass carry it. In this free online guitar lesson I teach you how to play the full Heartbreaker song. In the solo at the beginning of the video I made up a couple of Jimmy Page style pull off riffs. Sign up to the newsletter to get access to more private videos incl. an extra video with the breakdown of the licks I played in the Heartbreaker Video. Please leave any comments you may have and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy! Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where you can explore the secrets of getting great sounds! Yes! Please sign me up!