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Stairway to Heaven

by Led Zeppelin on Guitar
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    You’re watching HowToPlayAnySong.com. My name is Joe Wiles with the Rock and Roll Conservatory and today we’re taking a look at “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin. Interestingly this is the most requested song on FM radio stations across the United States despite it never being released as a radio single. It’s one of the most popular guitar rock songs of all time. 

     

    Today we’re going to take a look at two different sections of the introduction. We’re also going to go over the chords, the electric guitar chords at the end of the song. Stay tuned we’re going to take a look at the first part of the intro. Lets take a look.   

     

     

    Intro pt 1

     

     

    There’s a lot of parts to the introduction to “Stairway to Heaven,” so I’m breaking it up into two segments.  This is the first part.  We’re going to start by borrowing the 5th fret of the – let’s go for the all four from the D string up, so you have borrowing the D string, the G, the B and the high E all with one finger.  

     

    Bring in your ring finger and put it on the 7th fret of the D string.  With your right hand, watch closely.  

     

    I’m going to pick the D string here and the high E string here at the same time.  We’re going to be doing that a lot.  Not with the first riff but eventually.

     

    Now we’re going to pick these in order.  We’re going to use our thumb for the D string, our index finger for the G, our middle finger for the B, and our ring finger for the high E.  Those are assigned.  We’re going to use those every time, okay?  It sounds like this to start.

     

    We’re going to bring our middle finger down to the 6th fret of the D, then move our ring finger up to the 7th fret of the high E.  

     

    Keeping everything else the same, we’re going to plug the D string and the high E string at the same time.  The B string with our middle finger, the G with our index finger.  

     

    Then the high E string with our ring.  We’re going to take off our middle finger revealing our index finger below it on the 5th fret.  Then we’re going to put our pinky on the 8th fret of the high E string.  

     

    Let’s pluck the D and the high E together at the same time with our thumb and our ring finger, the B with our middle finger, the G with our index finger, and then the high E again with our ring finger.  

     

    Now we’re going to slide our entire chord down.  Keep the bar in place.  Bar the G, B and E on the 2nd fret, put your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the B, and bring your ring finger to the 4th fret of the D.  

     

    Hit the two outside ones again, the D and the high E, and then B with your middle, G with your index, then high E with your ring.  Then we’re going to form an F major 7 chord.  

     

    That’s the 3rd fret of the D string with your ring finger, the 2nd fret of the G string with your middle, and the 1st fret of the B string with your index finger, and an open high E.  

     

    Let’s hit the D and the high E again together.  Now the B with your middle, now the G with your index, then your B with your middle.  Then we’re going to answer again going high E, B, G again.  

     

    Then we’ll move our middle finger to the 2nd fret of the A string.  We’re going to hit that with your thumb, and then we’re going to hit these two open, the G and the B open with our index and middle.  

     

    We’re going to hit those same strings again with the same fingers out of right hand here, but we’re also going to move our left hand to the 1st fret of the B and then the 2nd fret of the G and hit it twice.  

     

    Now I know that’s a lot to go over.  You might want to rewind the tape and watch it again, but I’m going to play it slowly for you.  Here’s what it sounds like.

     

    And come down here to this chord.  

     

    At the very end, we’re going to hit that A string with our thumb here, slide our ring finger up to the 8th fret, and then move it back down to the 7th.  Sounds like this.

     

    Now playing it slowly without any breaks, it kind of sounds like this.  And then end it off with the A.

     

    Now to speed that same riff, it sounds like this.  One, two, three, four.  And again. 

     

    Just like that.  

     

     

    Intro pt 2

     

     

    Now the second part of the introduction, we’re going to start with the A string, hit it open. Use your middle finger to come to the 2nd fret of the A string and then we’re going to form a C major chord. 

     

    It’s the 3rd fret of you’re A string, 2nd fret of your D string. We can leave the rest off for this but for reference our index finger should go on the B string but in this little section here we’re not going to touch it. So far it sounds like this. 

     

    Then we’re going to form a D major chord. That’s your index finger on the 2nd fret of your G, your middle finger on the second fret of your high E and your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the B.   

     

    We’re going to hit the D string here and the high E string here with our ring finger and thumb or thumb and ring finger. We’ll hit those, then your B, then your G, then your high E again. Those two chords put together sound like this. 

     

    Then we’re going to go back to that F major 7 chord we played before. That’s the 3rd fret of the D, 2nd fret of the G, 1st fret of the B and open high E. We’re going to hit the D string with our thumb and high E with our ring finger at the same time, then the B with our middle, then the G with our index.  

     

    Then end it off with high E, it sounds like this. So those three chords together sound like this. 

     

    Then we’re going to hit the A string with our thumb and the B string with our middle finger. Then we’re going to tap the index finger of our left hand down onto the 1st fret of the B string and then we’re going to hit the 2nd fret of the G, okay. It sounds like this. 

     

    We’re going to enter in back into that riff, like that. Then we’re going to form that full C chord we were talking about before. We’re going to hit the A string with our thumb and the B string with our middle finger of our right hand and also remembering that we are going to have our index finger of our right hand here and the 1st fret of the B.

     

    Then hit the G open, then the D string with our thumb, B string with our middle finger, sounds like this. 

     

    Then we’re going to play a G chord. Move our middle finger to the 3rd fret of the low E, ring finger to the 3rd fret of the high E. Hit those two at the same time. 

     

    Then hit the B string with our middle finger and the G with our index finger. Then the high E with our ring finger and then the last chord is that D major chord we were talking about before, 2nd fret of the G, 2nd fret of the high E and 3rd fret of the B.

     

    Actually to start this off we’re going to keep our pinky on the 3rd fret of the high E as well. We’re going to hit the D and high E strings, then pull our pinky off, then hit the E string again. Then hit all the strings and the D string higher. 

     

    The second half of this whole bit sounds like this. So the second part of the introduction all together should sound like this slowly.  

     

    Lets do that to speed but know that the first two notes of this riff actually occur before the one count. To start it off it would sound like this, one, two, three and so on. So lets get that started, one two, three, that’s how it goes.

     

     

    Ending

     

     

    All right the ending to this song is just three chords A minor, a G major and an F major. Now the A minor we’re going to use, we’re going to bar the entire 5th fret.

     

    Then we’re going to put the ring finger of our left hand on the 7th fret of the A, then the pinky of our left on the 5th fret of the D. Give that a strum see what that sounds like.  Every one of those should ring clear. 

     

    Slide this chord form down 2 frets, one, two. Then add your middle finger to the 4th fret of the G. All those should ring clear too. 

     

    Now slide this entire chord form down another 2 frets, one, two, this is an F major. Now between each chord we’re going to put a bunch of mutes. 

     

    To mute it I’m going to flatten my hand, like that. So it just thuds out, wherever my hand happens to be on the neck. All together slowly they sound like this. All right let’s try that riff to speed. It sounds like this, one, two, three, four.

     

    Thanks for watching, I hope it helped. Make sure you send us requests for the songs you want to learn. I’ll see you next time.   

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