Led Zeppelin – Black Dog Video Guitar Lessons

Being one of Led Zeppelin's most recognizable songs, "Black Dog" is a great example of taking a seemingly simple riff and warping into into something incredibly unique. "Black Dog" just seems to ebb and flow throughout the different sections.

The unusual rhythm for the song was accomplished by drummer John Bonham keeping count for the band by clicking his drumsticks together during the quite sections. If you turn it up loud enough you can actually hear it on the original recording. Partly because of this unique feel "Black Dog" has long been a Led Zeppelin fan favorite.

Jimmy Page's rhythm parts are almost like solos in themselves with the way he continuously creates rhythmic single note lines throughout the song. The signature main riff was actually credited to John Paul Jones, but Jimmy Page seems to take it and run with it. His solo during the outro section of the song uses a TON of signature Jimmy Page licks including rapid pentatonics and smooth oblique bends.

"Black Dog" is truly a masterpiece of classic rock and pure signature Led Zeppelin throughout. Good luck!! 😀

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Led Zeppelin "Black Dog" - Verse & Chorus

Led Zeppelin "Black Dog" - Guitar Solo


  1. david flint on September 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    For some reason I’m not getting video on the solo lesson just audio. Anyone else?

  2. david flint on September 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Hi am now. Never mind

    • Cade Peacock on March 13, 2023 at 1:44 pm

      Could we get a tutorial for “The Song Remains The Same” by Led Zeppelin?

  3. frank paparo on March 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    One quick question? The very beginning, is that like an alt, pic scratch on the string?

  4. Brian Keesler on April 10, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Hey Carl I wanted to start working on this song however the main riff and chorus instruction video has no sound however the solo video does.

    • Carl Brown on April 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Sorry Brian, that is currently being blocked by Led Zeppelin’s publisher. Hopefully they will work it out with YouTube soon and unblock the video. It is out of my hands though.

  5. Nicholas Kocher on December 5, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    One of my most favorite songs. Thank you!

  6. tommy rad on March 25, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    so fun…!

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