how to play “Immigrant Song” on guitar by Led Zeppelin electric guitar lesson tutorial

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An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.
The classic opening song of Led Zeppelin III. The main lick is played over 100 times! These days, you’d probably get the guitar player to play the lick once, and then cut and paste, but back in the day, you played the whole thing. That’s why there are a lot of variations that Jimmy Page plays on this lick. Once you get the muting down, and get used to skipping the A string, the lick is not too tough to play, but I have heard a lot of guitar players sound quite bad playing this because they make a mess when trying to hit the F# on the D string!

I had a lot of fun making this video, the hardest part was that bass lick over the A-B-C chords, that’s really tough! I think that John Paul Jones will always be the most under appreciated member of the band, he really is an exceptional musician.

Also, John Bonham’s drumming in this one is just awesome, it’s impossible to replicate his playing with a drum program, but learning the beat gives you a great insight into just what a great and powerful drummer he was.

I hope you find the lesson useful and I hope you have fun playing this great song.

I get a lot of questions about my sound so here’s what I’m using:

My amp is an Egnater Renegade head through a Marshall 1960b cabinet. I use a TC Electronics Nova System through the loop for effects. I also use a BB preamp on some lead tones and sometimes (rarely) a Boss CS-3 compressor. The reverb is from the amp. My wah is a Dunlop MC404 CAE Dual Inductor, REALLY great pedal! I also use a Polytune tuner which is fantastic.

For this song I ran the amp with very little gain, between 2-3. It’s just the amp and guitar with no pedals except a bit of delay and reverb.

My guitar is a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I have Suhr Aldrich pickups on it. I have them coil split, but for this video they were in full humbucker mode.

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  1. Great lesson!

  2. The Muttbucket

    dude I've been spankin da plank for 30 some years and have at one time or another played most of Jimmy's stuff……when it's been a while since I've played a tune and I have to relearn it, your lessons are the best on the net as far as I'm concerned…..perhaps not for the beginner beginners but really, should they be playing Jimmy yet?…..I mean…..yeah, sure eventually….. but really, if you call yourself a guitar player cause you know the opening riffs to Ironman and Smoke on the Water……well….please don't turn your amp passed 1/8…..anyway…..I just wanted to shoot you a note to compliment you on your style…..I especially like it when you say……play it by feel…..cause really…..isn't that what it's all about?……BTW…..the tone of your acoustic guitar is amazing!…..Really, really nice…..I'd love a guitar that sounds that good……who made it?……I sort of figure from the sound it's like… I want to buy a used car or a guitar?……but hey…..heartfelt compliments on your posts…….seriously…..just to keep my finners warmed up I'll play White Summer/Black Mtn Side a couple of times a week….and it usually ends up with some Kashmir and Midnight Moonlight Lady throw in….you know how it goes… may be an 8 minute song or it may be a 20 minute song depending on how I'm feeling… I keep a guitar in DADGAD… in G… in D… in standard….(I play Steve Howe's "The Clap" almost everyday….with some Starship Trooper and a wee bit of Jimmy thrown in cause I can't help it….).I also keep an acoustic in C6 just for Bron-Yr-Aur…..I have found over the years that if a little cutie makes my wee wee feel funny….I can whip out that C6 stick and seal the deal….you know…..that sensitive side and all that…..but anyway…..enough rambling….I just wanted to thank you for being real….not patronizing….or full of yourself….just straight up…. "here's what I hear and how I play it"…..and really…..dude….you're spot on…..I've changed the way I play a few tunes because of what you've posted and that doesn't happen often….respect……kudos….. and rock on!…

  3. Thanks .!

  4. You are by far the best instructor
    I have come across on You Tube.
    I just watched a few of your vids thanks for taking the time.
    Your Crazy Train solo was insane.

  5. Richard Jagger

    I like your chose of music and I am a old man of 65.

  6. Rather Be Flying

    There's some very jealous guitar players thumbs downing this guy.

  7. Did I miss anyone requesting Stairway to Heaven?

  8. loving it!!

  9. Nice job ,keep it up

  10. Could you please do a tutorial for the chimera by the smashing pumpkins

  11. Another excellent lesson! I appreciate the time that you put into your tutorials. You are my favorite guitar teacher on the net! The thing that I like most about your tutorials is the thoroughness of them. You always point out the variations of riffs & parts. This is the one area where most teachers on the internet are not as thorough as you. If anyone wants to be worth a damn in teaching guitar parts to classic rock songs, it's imperative that they spend time on the variations of riffs. Why? Because the guitar players of the 70's understood that in order to make their songs interesting & timeless, they knew they had to add flavor to the riffs. You understand this, and you always point out the importance of this. Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful lessons! I'm a fan for life!

  12. I came back to this lesson after listening to Zep play this tune in different decades and you our the only one that hears the subtle nuances in this simple tune.  Not being a huge Zep fan, their place in rock is important nonetheless.  The lesson is spot on as usual.

  13. Broccoli Face 3000

    You should do a guitar lesson on Good Times, Bad Times by Led Zeppelin 

  14. Great lesson, as usual.  Could you do a lesson on "No Matter What" by Badfinger?  Thanks.

  15. Can you do a lesson on YYZ by Rush?

  16. Man you are so awesome

  17. You should do a lesson on piece of mind by boston.

  18. Now teach us the live solo

  19. How about "The Rover"?

  20. I actually kind of hope you do Freebird one day. That'd be really cool I think. I mean I know it's ridiculously long and stuff but if anyone could make a good tutorial it would be you. 

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