Friends Guitar Lesson – Led Zeppelin

Friends Guitar Lesson - Led Zeppelin

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In this Friends guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this acoustic classic by Led Zeppelin in it’s entirety.

Jimmy Page used an open C6 tuning for this song, so you will need to tune your guitar to that in order to follow along with this video lesson and the original recording. Those notes are, starting from the 6th string, C A C G C E.

This is one of those acoustic guitar songs that sounds great just as an instrumental. Even without Robert Plant’s fantastic vocals, the guitar parts alone are so musical that they could form their own instrumental.

There is an intro section which introduces some of the chords you will be playing throughout the rest of the song. However, it is the main riff that starts around the 22 second mark that is the real starĀ of the show.

This main riff can be a little tricky to play with it’s quick double-stop melodiesĀ on the top 2Ā strings. It is very repetitive though, so after you get the melody notes down, it probably won’t give you too much trouble.

After that, the verse section uses an octave shape that moves up and down the A string with lots of drone strings surrounding it. The melody being played by those octaves is the same as the one being played by the string section. It has a nice ethereal sound to it.

The main riff is then used as the chorus and we go back through those sections again.

Towards the end of the songĀ there is an outro section that once again uses octaves albeit with a slightly differentĀ melody. The cool thing about these octaves and the drone open tuning is that you can createĀ a very full and beautiful sound without it being very difficult to play.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this yet another beautiful acousticĀ track from the great Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin! #friendsguitarlesson #ledzeppelin #guitarcovers

Carl…
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20 comments

  1. Looks like a fairly easy song to play. Not as hard as I thought…thank you

  2. Thank you for showing me the correct way to play "FRIENDS" by LED ZEPPELIN. It has always eluded me, but not anymore, thank you very much! You're the best!

  3. Please show the correct way to play "WALK AWAY" by the James Gang.
    You are a superb guitar instructor. Thanks for all you do for all of us guitar freaks out here in guitar land.

  4. the devin townsend tuning

  5. Naiya Devine Cominos

    Best Page lessons out here… hands down. Thank you so much.

  6. I love this song. Thank you. It's really fun to play.

  7. There are several different lessons showing different tunings. This one is correct though, as opposed to many others. Its not open E. Its not DADGAD either. C6 is the correct tuning to play this song.

  8. Psychedelic BluesMan

    Same tuning as Bring Yr Aur

  9. I know you get a lot of requests, but it would be lovely if you could teach The Demented Man by Hawkwind which is a relatively easy song for beginners to learn, also their songs "We took the wrong step years ago", "The Watcher" and Hurry on Sundown".

  10. This man has the Jimmy in 'Im

  11. 7:03 is it fine if I free the A string? Or any other ways to hold that? Can't get that right, and yea I know my hands ain't too small

  12. thank you for everything you do. how about black mountain side? canā€™t find any good videos on that

  13. what if my fingers cant bend like that?!?!

  14. Thanks for the video man

  15. Black mountainside lesson please?

  16. Woooo! I'm a bit of a Led Zep Nut, I'm really happy with the amount of Led Zeppelin lessons you do! šŸ˜€

  17. Deidamia Gonzalez

    les zeppelin, the rain song-lensson…

  18. Whered his lesson for the rain song go

  19. Dude, what happened to "The Rain Song"? I went to practice on it today, and it was gone! If it is about copyright stuff, why is this one still up? I think I remember most of it though…

  20. Vik Ferreira Barrios

    Cant believe The Rain Song lesson you uploaded lasted only one day

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