In these guitar lessons we will take an in-depth look at the Led Zeppelin classic "Ten Years Gone" off of their Physical Graffiti album.
"Ten Years Gone" contains not only some catchy guitar riffs from the incomparable Jimmy Page, but also some highly dynamic guitar parts including the intro and verse.
First things first, you will need to tune your guitar to dropped "D" tuning DADGBE.
For that intro and verse progression, you will need to focus a lot on the dynamic level of the music. Jimmy's playing goes from very extremely subdued and quite, to full bodied from moment to moment. Being able to recreate those dynamic elements is the main key to getting this section to sound correct.
After that the main riff enters with a huge sounding single note line leading into a guitar riff utilizing diads played on the D & G strings. This riff can be a little bit awkward at first and it is important to play it with the right fingerings in order to play it smoothly.
Continuing in the first video lesson we will have the bridge which utilizes power chords with the dropped "D" tuning. The rhythm is probably the most challenging part of this riff even though it isn't very difficult. Pay close attention to that last chord and use an upstroke to perform that cool sounding chord.
Other than that we will have the break section which contains some really nice chord work. This part is a nice chord workout.
In the second video lesson I will focus on the guitar solo parts. We will go note-for-note through Jimmy Page's main guitar solo, and I will will give additional tips on how to play the other guitar solo parts. There are many overdubs to contend with. In fact, Jimmy used up to 14 guitar tracks recording "Ten Years Gone", so obviously performing all of those will be impossible.
Have fun with these two lessons, they really show some classic Jimmy Page at his best!
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Ten Years Gone Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Chords/Rhythms