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No Quarter Guitar Lesson – Led Zeppelin

FavoriteLoadingBookmark this Lesson. In this No Quarter guitar lesson video series, I will show you Jimmy Page's guitar parts for this Led Zeppelin masterpiece note-for-note.

On the original recording, the tuning is one-half step down. Apparently this was created by using a vari-speed effect in order to give the song fuller sound. In most live situations, Led Zeppelin played the song in standard tuning instead. I will be playing it in the original tuning of one half-step down (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb).

The rhythm guitar parts are quite simple for "No Quarter". The song is dominated by John Paul Jones' electric piano. When Page's guitar parts do enter the song, he does so with a couple of really cool clean chords that can be played a couple of different ways. I will demonstrate various was to play those chords so that you can find one that works for you.

In the second video lesson, I will show you Jimmy Page's guitar solo. Now to be clear, this solo is created by different guitar solos layered on top of each other. One uses a clean tone and the other a high gain lead tone. I will show you a version of the solo that combines both parts, always playing the most prominent part, so you can recreate the solo pretty convincing with just one guitar.

This Led Zeppelin classic is a very highly requested song here at GL365. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy it!

Carl...

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No Quarter Guitar Lesson Pt.1 "Chords" - Led Zeppelin

No Quarter Guitar Lesson Pt.2 "Solo" - Led Zeppelin

15 Comments

  1. david flint on June 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I love all the classic Zep. Have you had requests for Robin Trower? Perhaps Day of the Eagle? Long live classic rock!

  2. Robert Shine on July 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

    yes, do it!

  3. tanim huq on July 10, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Thanx for the lesson Carl… I learned a lot from u…. I learned the rhythm in just 10 mins… When are you gonna cover the solo lesson… eagerly waiting…. Huge fan of Led Zepp and learned almost 7 songs from u… Please upload the solo lesson soon… Thanx.
    Tanim Huq
    Bangladesh, Dhaka.

    • Carl Brown on July 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Hey Tanim, thanks for watching!

      I planned on doing the solo last week but then had some trouble with my ears due to allergies which made it too difficult to hear the song in order to transcribe.

      The solo should be up on the site by next week sometime. Sorry for the delay!

      Carl…

      • tanim huq on July 17, 2016 at 8:05 am

        It’s carl…. I have becoming a fan of yours… And you take your time and by the mean time I can practice the rhythm and and master it… Thanx man… Will keep you in my prayers… 🙂

  4. GEORG on August 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Carl, thanks again for a great lessons. I don’t know if it is too much asking since you are a very busy man producing so many video lessons, but is it possible to include your choices of Amp models and cabs and effects you use on your Axe FX into your lessons? You could keep it basic, for example : for this lessons I chose this amp with this cab and used a chorus and a reverb effect.
    Thanks, Georg

    • GEORG on August 3, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Carl, thanks again for a great lessons. I don’t know if it is too much asking since you are a very busy man producing so many video lessons, but is it possible to include your choices of Amp models and cabs and effects you use on your Axe FX into your lessons? You could keep it basic, for example : for this lessons I chose this amp with this cab and used a chorus and a reverb effect.
      Thanks, Georg

    • Carl Brown on August 6, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Yeah I do need to start doing that Georg, I am actually using a Line 6 POD HD500X lately to do the lessons since I can do channel switching with it.

      Both the Line 6 and Axe FX are great though. I will try to see the best way to incorporate the tones into the lessons without delaying the teaching too much. 🙂

  5. Karsten Fliegner on August 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Wasn’t sure how I was going to spend Friday evening; then this solo video came along this morning. Great job, Carl! Much appreciated.

    I’m curious to know what you’re using for effects…

    • Carl Brown on August 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      I will have to check on the exact settings, but it is pretty much a nice clean amp with a hall reverb played on the neck pickup. 🙂

      • Karsten Fliegner on August 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        Sorry, I meant what device(s) are you using for effects like delay, reverb, etc., not only for this song but in general? Axe-Fx? Other?

        • Karsten Fliegner on August 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

          Ah I just read Georg’s posts above, from which it appears you are using an Axe-Fx.

        • Carl Brown on August 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          Hey Karsten, for this particular lesson I used a Line 6 POD HD500X which I started using a couple weeks ago because I needed something with a built-in pedal.

          From late 2009 (when this site started) I have used a Line 6 POD X3 Live, Line 6 POD HD500, Axe-FX II and now the Line 6 POD HD500X. 🙂

          Carl…

          • david geloran on October 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm

            Do you ever share your presets? Between work, studying for exams, wife and dogs, there’s barely enough time to learn how to play (although these super sweet lessons sure do make it easy).



          • Carl Brown on October 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

            Hey David! I will be doing a lot more tone lessons on the site very soon including sharing my presets and also demonstrating how to achieve that same preset even though you might not have the same processor I am using.

            I am currently in the middle of re-designing the entire Premium section. Once that is done there will be a new guitar tone section. There will also be some tone lessons on YouTube as well.



  6. Karsten Fliegner on August 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the reply!

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