Led Zeppelin – Going To California Guitar Lesson

Led Zeppelin - Going To California Guitar Lesson

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In this Going To California guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this highly requested acoustic classic by Led Zeppelin.

First things first, we need to make sure you are in the right tuning. The tuning Jimmy Page used in “Going To California” is Double Drop “D” Tuning.

This tuning basically requires you to take a standard tuned acoustic, and tune both of the E strings down a whole-step to D. The resulting notes, starting from the 6th string are,  D A D G B D

“Going To California” is one of the great acoustic classic rock songs. Jimmy Page’s fingerpicking creates sort of an atmospheric quality to the music. I will mention though, that he usually used a thumb pick during the song, however you can just play it without one like I do in the lesson.

One thing that you will hear immediately in “Going To California” is that there are multiple acoustics playing and a mandolin playing melodies throughout most of the song. What I will be teaching in this lesson is sort of a combination of the acoustic parts so that it will sound good with one guitar. Kind of like Jimmy Page would play it live.

I will go through each section of the song in the order that it appears and will break down all of the picking patterns as well.

The main thing to focus on in the picking hand is the thumb. Jimmy Page is employing Travis Style picking which makes the thumb play the main role in driving the rhythm of the song. It will all be explained in the lesson.

I hope you guys enjoy learning yet another acoustic masterpiece from Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin!

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  1. Can you please do a James Hetfield Clean riff . It's the one where he kinda told his story at guitar center on the video

  2. A Man With Beard

    Love your work! Could you do from Blue Oyster Cult: dancin' in the ruins? 🙂

  3. Do a srv little wing entire song lesson please

  4. Hotel California since the only videos on it cover the chords

  5. could you do “I can’t tell you why” by the eagles

  6. do Frankenstien by Edgar Winter

  7. Great lesson Carl!

  8. amazing lesson:) the day that never comes would be great!

  9. Rangga Heryana Putra

    helloweb forever and one pleaseeeeee

  10. What acoustic guitar are you using in this video? Such a nice, warm tone!

  11. Hey Carl, you should teach us how to playing murder one by Metallica. That would be sick

  12. Could you do a lesson solo do Stairway to Heaven LIVE versions ? https://youtu.be/xbhCPt6PZIU?t=387

  13. Flats The Flounder

    I've been looking for a good tutorial on some Queensryche, preferably Walk In The Shadows! I'd love to see one if you could!

  14. Sounds amazing…..what kind of guitar?

  15. Aadrita Chatterjee

    can't u make a lesson on a hard acoustic song????

  16. Marius Kopp Armangué

    Please do Jeremy by Pearl jam

  17. Can u Teach Poison Until You Suffer Some (Fire & Ice)..? Please

  18. 19 years of learning the guitar and Travis picking has always eluded me until this morning. Thank you so much for this gem of a song. I was able to learn all the parts in about an hour. The movements are highly efficient and very well constructed.

  19. You should teach RR by Randy Rhoads.

  20. Could you teach bass

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