In this Jimmy Page guitar lesson you'll find 5 handy techniques and guitar playing habits so you can add some Zeppelin style to your sound.
Jimmy Page, without doubt, is one of the most iconic guitar players of all time, so we've teamed up with leigh Fuge at MGR music to bring you an easy Jimmy page guitar lesson.
With these 5 quick tips and tricks you'll be able to add some classic jimmy page techniques to your playing and understand his key playing habits.
Page’s style is rooted firmly in the blues but over his career with Led Zeppelin, he drew on a wide range of outside influences to create some truly unique sounds.
In this lesson we’re going to focus on some of his more rock based playing. All the examples in this lesson are in the key of A Minor. Each lick can be learnt as written or, as shown in the video, used as a concept to bring some Page style flavour to your playing.
Don’t forget to check out the video on the PMTVUK Youtube channel for a bonus tip too and you can play along below.
Descending 16th Note Runs In the style of Jimmy Page
The first part of our Jimmy page guitar lesson will discuss the key playing habit of descending 16th note runs.
This descending run is a great Page-esque way to start a guitar solo.
Starting with a big bend, you then run down the minor pentatonic in groups of 6 notes. Playing groups of 6 can be a little confusing at first but learn each 6 note phrase slowly and then piece them together faster.
Repeated Phrases - a classic Jimmy Page Guitar habit
Repeated phrases make up a big part of Page's playing style and is an absolute necessity if you want a complete Jimmy Page guitar lesson!
This repeated lick is based around the fourth position of the minor pentatonic scale. Page would often take a simple lick idea like this and repeat it to various rhythmic groupings and tempos.
The lick itself is just a bend and release on the 15th of the B which ends with a pull off to the 13th and then a separate picked note on the 14th of the G. Repeat this as long as you want before ending the lick by moving out of the pattern.
Overbending notes like Jimmy page
One often overlooked guitar habit, but an essential part of any Jimmy Page guitar lesson is his penchant for overbending strings.
Many early blues players utilized overbending strings to create a wailing feel. These tone and a half bends are a finger workout in their own right, but if you couple it with some bluesy Page phrasing, it sounds great.
This is based around the third shape of the minor pentatonic but this concept can be placed anywhere in the pentatonic scale. Be careful when using tone and a half bends because some notes won’t sit as well as others.
Use your ears when searching for that pitch, it’s a big jump. Play the target note first to get it in your head and then slowly try to match it be bending up.
Using open strings in the style of Jimmy Page
This pull off lick is a lot of fun to play and it’s another lick that can almost be viewed as a free time lick. You can time this to suit the groove of whatever you’re fitting it into. This is a key Jimmy Page guitar habit that any guitar player who wants to sound like Jimmy Page should really try and emulate.
It’s quite a simple pattern. A double pull off on the G from the 5th to the 2nd to the open. Once you’re on the open G you then hammer onto the 5th again and bend it up and release it. Once the bend is released, the pull off starts again.
The aim with this lick is to do it without re-picking each time. If that’s tricky at first, just pick it from each fretted 5th fret note as detailed in the video.
High Triplet Pull Offs In the style of Jimmy page
This final lick is a classic Jimmy Page guitar technique that sounds flashy but is quite easy to get started with.
It’s a simple triplet pattern based around the first shape of the minor pentatonic, played an octave up. The triplet is a pull off on the E string and a single note on the B. This is another lick idea you can repeat for as long as you want before taking it somewhere else. It makes for a great solo ending lick if you end on a high, soaring bend.
We hope you enjoyed our 5 Jimmy Page guitar techniques. Please let us know if you think we've missed anything in the comments below!
About the Author Leigh Fuge is a professional guitar player and tutor from Swansea in South Wales and a guitar writer having written and produced content for Guitar Magazine and many other high profile guitar publications and websites.
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