Learn To Play Stairway To Heaven
Play Stairway To Heaven
Have you been wondering how to play Stairway to Heaven? I am often asked that question. Stairway To Heaven is THE iconic rock song. So much so that Stairway to Heaven has been nearly played to death by guitar buyers in music stores worldwide.
Written in the heyday of progressive rock, Stairway to Heaven has everything - melody, harmony, power and tranquility. From its tingly start with recorders and acoustic guitar to its powerful finish it demonstrates how great a progressive rock band Led Zeppelin were. Jimmy Page was already an accomplished guitar player and session guitarist before he put the band Led Zeppelin together and this song demonstrates his grasp of a variety of styles and techniques.
The solo to Stairway to Heaven, great as it is, was "winged" according to Page and is, I believe, only the first or perhaps second take. These days is is common to record dozens of "takes" in the recording studio and even cut and paste between them. Not necessary for someone of Page's ability and creativity!
The lyrics of Stairway to Heaven are legendary, mystic, and have received all sorts of "hidden meaning" interpretations over the years, including one about playing it backwards to hear "satanic messages" (actually, any record played backwards sounds pretty satanic). Stairway to Heaven is possibly the most played rock riff next to Smoke on the water, it is one of those "never play in a music store" tunes as a result - and wouldn't you just love to play it? Well, this page will show you the chord and scale shapes you need and lead you to official music and TABs of the most played progressive rock song ever - Stairway to Heaven!
Jimmy Page - Composer of Stairway to Heaven - Amazing Rock Guitarist Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page - The best of hard rock!
I grew up with this music and it is still as popular as ever! That says something!
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A minor in 5th position. Pick the strings individually, 4, 3, 2, then 1. Remember guitar strings number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 from the thinnest to the thickest.
E with added 4th, pluck string 4 and string 1 together, then 3, 2, then 1 This is a major chord with an added 4th, but sounds really poignant! Jimmy Page knows his harmony!
Tricky because it involves picking two strings simultaneously - but you CAN do it! The third chord is another version of A minor in 5th position, the third is doubled by the little finger on high C, again pluck strings 1 and 4, then 3, 2, then 1
Again, a simple D chord, but you must pluck strings 1 and 4, then 3, 2, then 1
Fifth chord of Stairway to Heaven, a slightly different picking pattern here! Chord 5 is F major seventh, pluck 1 and 4 together, then 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4
You only play this G chord once. You need to pluck three strings, 6, 3 and 2, simultaneously with thumb, index and middle fingers.
A simple A minor chord, but picked as above with thumb plucking string 5, index and middle fingers plucking 3 and 2.
Stairway to Heaven - Intro Chords
Next I will show you the intro chords in diagram form. The first three are played in 5th position and the first finger needs to cover strings 1, and 3. The next 4 are easier to play.
Chords for Stairway to Heaven - how to play the Intro for Stairway to Heaven - Intro Chord Diagrams for Stairway to HeavenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Watch to see how to play Stairway to Heaven - Guitar. harp and piano versions too....
Watch Led Zeppelin play Stairway to Heaven, or to see how to play it yourself. These are fun.
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Stairway To Heaven for Concert band
Plus String Orchestral Arrangements for Stairway to Heaven
Yes, as I said, EVERYONE wants to play Stairway to Heaven - it a a beautiful piece of music and Stairway to Heaven is not just for guitarists.
Here are some orchestral and concert band versions of Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin:
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven Music Book
Composed by Led Zeppelin scoring for Concert Band; Score & Parts, instruments: Score; 120 pages
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