The guitar riff that opens Heartbreaker from Led Zeppelin II is instantly recognizable by virtually every rock guitarist.
It is a cool example of using the blues scale to create a driving hard rock riff.
Technically Jimmy Page's Heartbreaker guitar riff is pretty straightforward. It isn't overly fast or contain any awkward techniques.
The one thing you will want to concentrate on when trying to master the Heartbreaker guitar riff is the feel.
Then most confusing thing to most guitarists is the fact that the intro guitar riff doesn't start on the one. I explain in the video lesson how to think about this so that it won't confuse you very much.
Other than that I think most guitar players will be able to grasp this classic guitar riff pretty quickly. 🙂
The “Heartbreaker” solo has long been known as “the impossible solo” due to it’s fast and chaotic playing style, especially during the unaccompanied section.
In this video lesson, I will demonstrate how to not only play both solo breaks, but how to make sense of them as well.
You will notice that the tuning of the solo is a little over a quarter-step sharp. This is probably from them speeding up the tape slightly after recording and might explain how crazy fast the solo is.
I will be using standard tuning throughout the lesson though. If you want to play along with the solo, you will need to either raise your standard tuning pitch up about 60 cents, or detune the recording in software like “Transcribe” by Seventh String.
These solos are THE most requested solos in the history of GL365. I have avoided it for long enough, so I hope you guys enjoy FINALLY learning one of the most well known and most revered guitar solos ever recorded by the great Jimmy Page!
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