how to play “Kashmir” on guitar by Led Zeppelin | electric guitar lesson tutorial

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An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin, from the “Physical Graffiti” album released in 1975.

“I wish we were remembered for Kashmir more than Stairway To Heaven.” That’s a quote from Robert Plant. Kashmir was the song they were all most proud of and you can see why. It’s such a unique and epic piece of music. To me it’s classic Led Zeppelin and has always been one of my favorite tracks of theirs.
The coolest part about the song is that the main guitar riff is in 6/8 while the drums play in 4/4. This keeps the beat turning around so that every cycle the one changes from the kick to the snare. It’s a lot of fun to play, you get swept up in the groove and it never gets boring.
The tune is in DADGAD tuning, and once you get the right fingerings it’s actually not too hard to play. But like most rock music, it’s more about the feel and that always takes a while to nail down.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the video. I had a great time putting its together, it was a lot of fun as I’ve always really loved this tune. cheers

I get a lot of questions about my sound so here’s what I’m using:
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. For this tune I had the amp on a very low gain setting. The only effect was a bit of reverb.
My amp is an Egnater Renegade head. I am using a Two Notes Torpedo Live. It’s a load box and a speaker emulator so I’m not running the Marshall 1960b speaker cabinet anymore. It enables you to crank up your tube amp but use headphones, or just listen at low volume through your monitors, so I can be rocking out and getting a great sound without bothering people around me. So far I like it!
I use a TC Electronics Nova System through the loop for effects. I also have a BB preamp which I essentially never use anymore, 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.

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  1. Juan Martin Reborati


  2. you make awesome lesson..o cant find one anywhere for islands in a black sky by bruce cockburn could you do one?

  3. Just like to correct you here a little , jimmy page in a documentary called it might get loud says that this tuning is actually a sitar tuning not a Celtic kinda like or whatever.

  4. Matthew Mackenzie

    great song!

  5. great lesson as usual. I have a request: can you make a tutorial of Georgy Porgy (steve lukather solo) in the version of the live in Paris 1990. Thanks.

  6. Christian Coppola

    As usual great lesson. I have a request: can you make a tutorial of "Georgy Porgy" (Steve Lukather solo), but in the version of the live in Paris 1990? Thanks.

  7. That is so good! I sure appreciate all your tutorials! You are excellent!

  8. great lesson! This is the song that inspired me to take up the guitar late in life. Thanks for your time and willingness to post it.

  9. Thanks man. Good vid. Restringing my Invader to tackle this one. 

  10. Dla mnie jesteś The Best !!!!

  11. Hi there, can you please do All my love by Led Zeppelin? pls thanks :)

  12. Can you do Shine on you crazy diamond?

  13. Love your teachings! Great stuff! Unless I missed it, can you teach Nothing Else Matters on acoustic? I know there are teachings of this out there but would rather see it from you. I for one appreciate what you do sir! Thanks!!

  14. clearly the best instructor for guitar on you tube – can't understand why some of these other sites have more viewers – they just haven't discovered you yet dude – great stuff

  15. I have a little request will you please do, this amazing tune right here welp it's not little I guess considering its 10min long. But anyway Achilles is probably my favorite song ever, and I can't wrap my head around this tunes guitar parts I find them really complex, and there's almost zero good lessons out there on it, not surprising why haha, But id love to see your breakdown on this epic Zeppelin song!

  16. thanx Andy!! as always, very, very wonderful! Wondering if you might have any Jake E Lee in you to share with us? very good guitarist and never really got a lot of credit, even with the Ozzman–i believe that was because of Sharon and the $$$—–anyway, CHEERS!!

  17. Another awesome dissection and lesson. Please consider doing more Mountain songs :)

  18. you're so good at guitar bro :)

  19. Artifactorfiction

    Great lesson

  20. Bjartur Dal Christiansen

    Awesome work man!

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