In these lessons I will demonstrate of how to play Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" from their Houses of the Holy album.
Learning how to play The Ocean shouldn't be too difficult for any intermediate level guitarist or above. Even the solos remain quite simple without any major technical hurdles.
In the first lesson video I will demonstrate how to play all the riffs and chords found within "The Ocean". The opening riff is instantly recognizable by just about every rock music fan on the planet.
That opening riff is the main riff used throughout the entire song as well. Most of the riff is based around an A minor pentatonic scale along with the C major arpeggio. Make sure you pay close attention to the quick hammer-ons at the beginning of the riff. Remember, the first note of the hammer-on is simply a ghost note and you should just barely hear it.
From there we have the verse section which contains mostly simple major chords played in a very simple right hand rhythmic pattern.
The only other part found in the 1st video lesson is the harmony guitar part. I try to simplify it a bit in the lesson in order to combine the most essential parts of the harmony on one guitar yet retain the sound of the recorded version as close as possible. This section requires you to play mostly double-stops but shouldn't be too much of a challenge.
In the second video lesson I will demonstrate how to play the entire main guitar solo. That solo starts off with a couple unison bends followed by a couple of stock blues licks.
After those licks we encounter a tricky slide lick that goes up and down the fretboard very quickly. That lick will need to be practiced very slowly in order to get the feel of the distance of the quick shifts into your muscle memory before attempting to play it at full speed.
From there we have some oblique bends and a bunch bluesy licks to finish out the solo. Overall I don't think this particular solo will be too overly challenging for a guitarist with at least an intermediate level of ability.
The lesson for the outro section and solo will go live in a few days. 🙂
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How to Play The Ocean by Led Zeppelin - Riffs & Chords