Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin | rhythm
An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin from their Led Zeppelin Three album released in October of 1973.
The classic opening song of Led Zeppelin III. The main lick is played over 100 times!
These days, you'd probably get the guitar player to play the lick once, and then cut and paste, but back in the day, you played the whole thing.
That's why there are a lot of variations that Jimmy Page plays on this lick.
Once you get the muting down, and get used to skipping the A string, the lick is not too tough to play, but I've heard a lot of guitar players sound quite bad playing this because they make a mess when trying to hit the F# on the D string!
This is one of my favorite scenes from "It Might Get Loud". It's Jimmy Page listening to "Rumble" by Link Wray. He's really getting a kick out of it!
In Immigrant Song Jimmy pays tribute to Link Wray and Rumble.
When the song changes from the gallop on F#, it goes to A and then E, then E to A. The guitar has a tremolo effect on it just like in Rumble.
He mentioned that in this quote from a 2010 Guitar World interview:
"I can remember working on “Immigrant Song” and all the pieces coming together: John Bonham and I playing the riff, putting in the E to A [Link Wray] “Rumble” chords, and Robert singing his wonderful melodies."
I always thought that was really cool and talk about it in the lesson.
I had a lot of fun making this video, the hardest part was that bass lick over the A-B-C chords, that's really tough!
I think that John Paul Jones will always be the most under appreciated member of the band, he really is an exceptional musician.
Also, John Bonham's drumming in this one is just awesome. It's impossible to replicate his playing with a drum program, but learning the beat gives you a great insight into just what a great and powerful drummer he was.
I hope you find the lesson useful and I hope you have fun playing this great song. Cheers
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