Stairway To Heaven

Learn how to play Stairway To Heaven on one acoustic guitar!

Considered by many as the ultimate rock epic, ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was never a single, rather it was released on the ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ album.

To fully understand the masterpiece that is ‘Stairway To Heaven’, you would need to dive deep into the chord progression.

The genius movement of starting in the Dorian mode and then gradually moving into Aeolian makes the verse feel as if it’s constantly 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 an 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.

You could learn ‘Stairway To Heaven’ by simply copying the video lesson but why stop there? Get the full picture in the advanced course and you will not just learn how to play ‘Stairway To Heaven’ but learn from it.


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 the Aeolian or Dorian scale regarding the verse, the solo removes all doubt by finishing off the opening Em shaped, Am pentatonic lick on an F, not a 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 course.


Fingerstyle pattern and time signatures

The fingerstyle 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 hand, 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 course for more instructions, TAB and chord charts.

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