Using an arpeggiated picking pattern in A minor, the opening riff of Jimmy Page's arrangement of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" creates a very haunting yet beautiful sound.
In this Babe I'm Gonna Leave You guitar lesson I will show you how to play all of the parts to this legendary Led Zeppelin song note-for-note. It is important to note that the first of these 3 video lessons demonstrates how to use a pick for the arpeggiated verse parts. However, Jimmy Page uses a fingerpicking approach to play the verse on the record. In the second video lesson I will demonstrate the rest of the rhythm parts of the song including how to actually fingerpick the verse if you want to play it like Jimmy Page does.
The reason I teach the lessons in this way is because on the original recording of Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", Jimmy Page performs some sections of the song fingerstyle and some with a pick. The guitar solos and full band rhythms obviously use a pick instead of fingerstyle technique.
However, you can choose how to perform the song by either picking the whole thing or mixing it up between fingerstyle and pick style playing.
Pay close attention to letting the top melody notes in the verse ring for as long as possible. Especially the melody notes held with the first finger. It is a good exercise in coordination if you can keep your first finger down between the chord changes in which it holds the last melody note..
In addition to those frethand challenges, there is also quite a bit of string skipping in the picking hand if you are going to be using a pick throughout the entire song. At the beginning of the lesson I do talk about how I approach arpeggiated picking on the guitar. I feel that this method is the most economical and the most comfortable in the long run. However, if you have never played in this way it might be a little awkward in the beginning. But if you always approach your picking patterns in this way you will eventually play every cross string arpeggiated pattern this way without thinking about it.
So take your time when attempting to put all of this together. The full band rhythms are relatively easy to play but the solos and fills can be quite a challenge!
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Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Main Riff