In this very in-depth video guitar lesson, I will show you how to play Led Zeppelin's acoustic instrumental "Bron-Yr-Aur" from their Physical Graffiti album note-for-note.
Clocking in at a little over 2 minutes, "Bron-Yr-Aur" is fingerpicked throughout a will provide a nice challenge to just about every guitarist.
Before you attempt this Bron-Yr-Aur guitar lesson you will need to get your guitar into the proper tuning. Guitarist Jimmy Page employs a C6 open tuning to help create the beautiful guitar parts found throughout. In order to get your guitar into C6 tuning, you will need to tune your guitar starting from the 6th string (C-A-C-G-C-E). After that, you will be ready to go!
If you look closely at the different sections of "Bron-Yr-Aur", you will find that it consists of mostly just repeated sections. In reality, there are only about 4 or 5 different sections to learn. Throughout "Bron-Yr-Aur", Jimmy Page will constantly go back and repeat those sections that he played before.
I will demonstrate how I feel most players would be the most comfortable fingerpicking the song. For those that don't have traditional classical style fingerpicking skills, you will probably find this Bron-Yr-Aur guitar lesson much easier to learn if you avoid using your ring finger within the picking patterns. If you can use your ring finger that is great, but you can still get the whole thing up to speed just fine without it. For most people, the ring finger is harder to include in fingerpicking patterns due to it's lack of independence from the middle finger. Without proper training this can be hard to overcome.
The left hand chords never require you to play any bar chords, which makes this a bit easier. However, you will need to due some tricky pull-offs from time to time. Because of this, I suggest that you make sure you have an acoustic guitar that is set-up well so it can play relatively easy.
My suggestion for learning how to play "Bron-Yr-Aur" is to master one section at a time and then slowly put all of those sections together into one cohesive piece. You will find this to be the easiest way to learn the song since most of those sections you will be learning occur multiple times throughout the song.
As always, it is a very good idea to really have the sound of "Bron-Yr-Aur" memorized in your mind before trying to learn it. If you can't hum it to yourself in your head, then you definitely won't be able to play it. It is one of those tracks that is much easier to learn when you already know what each section sounds like and when it will appear.
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