Classic Riffs: Jimmy Page

Difficulty: Medium | Guitar used: Fender Telecaster | Tuning: Standard

Here is a selection of classic Jimmy Page riffs from the Led Zeppelin albums II and IV.  The influence of these riffs cannot be denied as so many rock and metal songs owe a debt to Jimmy Page.

Ideally these should be played on a Gibson Les Paul with plenty of overdrive through a Marshall stack, which I don’t have :(.. My examples should convey the general idea though! All the examples are in standard tuning. I hope you have fun learning these essential riffs and I’ll be coming back to Jimmy Page in the future, looking into his lead playing.

Example 1: Whole lotta Love

|-----------------------||-----------------------------------|-
|-----------------------||-----------------------------------|-
|-----------------------||-----------------------------------|-
|-------------0-----0---||--9-------9-------9-------9--------|-
|-------------5-----5---||--7-------7-------7-------7--------|-
|----------7-----7------||--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|-

|-----------------------------------||
|-----------------------------------||
|-----------------------------------||X2
|--9-------9-------9-9----0-----0---||
|--7-------7-------7-7----5-----5---||
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-7-----7------||

Example 2: Black Dog

|------|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|------|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|------|-----5-------7-9|-5h7p5-----5-------|---------------2---|
|---5-6|-7-------7------|-------7-7-----7---|-5h7-7---------2---|
|-7----|---7------------|-------------------|-------5-7-3-5-0---|
|------|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|

Example 3: Heartbreaker

|-------||-----------------------|------------------------------||
|-------||-----------------------|------------------------------||
|-------||-----------------------|------------------------------||X2
|-------||-----------0--1-2------|---------------0--1-2---------||
|-------||---0--3----------------|---0-0-0-0-3------------------||
|--3b4--||------------------3b4--|-----------------------3b4----||

|--------------------|---------------------------|
|--------------------|---------------------------|
|--------------------|---------------------------|
|--------2--3-4------|-------------2--3-4--------|
|--2--5--------------|--2-2-2-2-5----------------|
|----------------5b--|---------------------5-----|

|-----------------------|------------------------------|
|-----------------------|------------------------------|
|-----------------------|------------------------------|
|-----------0--1-2------|---------------0--1-2---------|
|---0--3----------------|---0-0-0-0-3------------------|
|------------------3b4--|-----------------------3b4----|
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