Learn how to play Stairway To Heaven!
Considered by many as the ultimate rock epic, ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was never a single, just released on Led Zeppelin IV.
To fully understand the master piece that is Stairway To Heaven you would need to dive deep into the chord progression.
The genius movement of starting in Dorian, gradually moving into Aeolian during the verse makes this song feel as if it’s evolving.
To learn the chords as names would be completely pointless since they are unique to the song.
Don’t attempt to memorise how to play a Amadd9/G# should it ever come in handy for another song, it won’t.
Instead, look at the chord movements as intervals and counter melodies.
Stairway To Heaven solo
This classic solo was held back and added last in the recording process.
Improvised apart from the opening lick, the solo in Stairway To Heaven’ was memorised post the recording process by Page, not before!
After not being sure if we are in Aeolian or Dorian the solo removes all doubt by finishing off the opening Em shaped Am pentatonic lick on an F, not an F#.
This is the b6 of A Aeolian and the root of the F chord.
To get the full transcription of what happens in the video, including the solo, take the Advanced Guitar Course.
Stairway To Heaven finger style and time signatures
The finger style pattern played during the Verse should be learned and memorised, it’s a perfect part, don’t mess with it, learn it and you will learn from it.
The odd time signature section on the other hands is up for debate, how do you count it?
Most guitarists would probably just memorise the chords and then watch the drummer for the exact hits.
In the course it is described as a constant /8 time.
So instead of moving from 9/8 to 4/4, we keep counting in /8, using 9/8 to 8/8 instead.
Take the Advanced Guitar Course for more instructions, TAB and chord charts.