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
I paid a visit to Marty Schwartz the other day, and one of the films we made was of a Led Zeppelin inspired riff. The idea was to tune your guitar down to drop D, play the riff on one string quietly and then play the same riff on three strings in a loud way. One of the things it always amazed me about early Led Zeppelin is that the guitar sounds are basically very clean. You come away with an impression of a very heavy sound but it’s really a clean guitar laying on top of very aggressive bass and drums. Of course the guitar riffs are aggressive but the tones are on the cleaner side. Sometimes a single coil pick up, like I used on the Grosh Strat, can get closest to this kind of sound. It also works great to step on a very natural boost pedal when you want the riff to sound heavy. I like the Dunlop Micro Amp style of pedal, that just explodes the front of the amp a bit – not really a distortion – more of a natural boost. Please leave any comments you may have and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy! I also have more lessons on my Lessons Playlist: You can find more videos as well on Marty’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/guitarjamzdotcom 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!
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!