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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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