Big Log by Robert Plant - Robbie Blunt - electric
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Big Log" by Robert Plant. From his second solo album The Principle Of Moments released in 1983. It's a weird title and the fact that it never appears in the song is also strange!
This is a great song and the guitar part written and played by Robbie Blunt is fantastic. It's very unique and really stands out. For me it makes the song what it is, not only the great chord changes and arpeggios but the cool little solo that serves as the main hook. I also love the sound he gets on the recording. It's played on a strat, but once I set the coil split switch to single coil, I kinda liked the sound of my Les Paul on this as well.
Robbie Blunt co-wrote this with Robert Plant. I would guess that the music was mostly coming from him and the melody and lyrics from Robert. It's one of the coolest guitar parts ever written for a rock song IMHO.
It sounds really simple, and for the most part it is, but getting those 2 note descending riffs that precede the D minor, E minor and A minor chords are a bit of a challenge. They're played quickly and will take some practice to get smooth. The little arpeggios that link the chord progressions are really clever and sound great.
I really enjoyed working on this song. Making the backing track was fun. I even added some keyboards to try and get the vibe of the original recording. I also played the bass part which is also very well written.
I hope that my video helps you to learn it and that you have fun playing this classic track from the eighties. Cheers
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