Over The Hills And Far Away Guitar Lesson – Led Zeppelin

This video guitar lesson series is a big one, the classic "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Led Zeppelin.

With liberal use of hammer-ons and pull-offs and some quick chord strumming the great Jimmy Page created an acoustic intro that sets the mood of the song up perfectly for the latter more aggressive full band sections.

But the trouble with that is that we have to play all those tricky little hammer-ons or pull-offs on an acoustic guitar, something many guitar players would rather avoid. 🙂

But fret not (pun intended), in this Over The Hills And Far Away Guitar Lesson I will break down all those tricky little acoustic guitar parts into an easy to understand pattern.

I think learning this intro riff is a great opportunity for just about every guitarist to strengthen their fret hands while playing a riff that sounds really cool. And if you are playing this riff well it definitely is a head turner. 🙂

I think my favorite playing of Jimmy Page is usually with his acoustic stuff. He seems to be at his best both technically and creatively with an acoustic guitar in his hands. That is very apparent with this opening riff to "Over the Hills and Far Away".

In the second video lesson I will tackle all of the electric rhythm guitar parts throughout the rest of the song. There is song really great stuff to play here so don't stop learning after that intro!

These riffs are great exercises in everything from muting to quick chord changes. However, nothing is too overly difficult either. 🙂

In the third video lesson I will teach you a note-for-note breakdown of Jimmy Page's killer guitar solo for "Over Hills and Far Away". This solo ventures into many different territories and techniques so take your time and learn it phrase by phrase like I teach it in the lesson. Have Fun!!


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Over The Hills And Far Away Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Intro

Over The Hills And Far Away Guitar Lesson Part 2

Over The Hills And Far Away Guitar Lesson Part 3 - Solo


  1. DAVID SLATON on November 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm


  2. vince jones on December 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    like it, I think I’m the 600 likes; lets learn the rest of it thanks!

  3. louie on March 8, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Carl:

    There is one part that I was never ever able to get a good read on and I think you skipped it. If you didn’t my apologies up front. But just short of the 1:00 mark and does a little riff and I would love to know what the heck he is doing there.


    • Carl Brown on March 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Ahhh, thanks for pointing that out. It is pretty simple really. All of it is on the G & B strings.

      Slide into 4th/G, then play 3rd/B. Hold those two notes and play 4th/G-5th/B double stop. Then pick those two strings again except this time play the 3rd fret on the B string instead of the 5th. Then do the chord again with the 5th fret on the B string then back again to the 3rd. So basically play the G & B strings 4 times always holding 4th on the G while rotating back and forth between 5 and 3 on the B.

      After that you end the lick by playing 5th fret on both G & B strings and slide them both up to the 7th fret and strum those two notes a few times.

      Hope this makes sense! Cal…

      • louie on March 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm

        Yes it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the quick response!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t expect you to transcript this for me but at the end of the song he does a very pretty picking sequence that my friend painstaking figured out. He slows it way down and picks a variation of the chords already played through-out the song,

  4. jgillan on March 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Carl, This sounds great. How about doing “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin too? Thanks, Joey

  5. DANIEL BROCKMAN on July 18, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Great lesson. Sounds awesome. Think you could put up “love song” by Tesla. Always wanted to learn that song. Thanks, Dan

  6. john on August 14, 2022 at 9:06 am

    I have learned about 6 songs on your web site now. This one is tough for my part time hobby. Thank you for the lesson.

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