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Led Zeppelin Riff
This Led Zeppelin Style Riff is an exercise that covers a mix of techniques that Jimmy Page would use in his playing. This style has a good mix of blues and rock guitar techniques. The first four measures is taken from the E Minor Pentatonic Scale. The first finger and the third finger is your best bet for fingering choices. Notice the theme and variation that happens through the whole riff. The biggest thing to pay attention to in the section is measure four. Beat three has a chromatic line, and beat four is pentatonic. Use a three, two, one, fingering for beat three, and a one, three, one. for beat four of this measure.
Measures five and six are repeated. The riff is all based around the A5 chord. This is a very common pattern in a ton of guitar music. Use your first finger for both the third and fourth strings and the fifth string rings open when your playing the A chord. Use your second finger for the other notes being played around the chord. Measures seven through eleven is more of a mix of the E Minor Pentatonic Scale and a power chord. Use your third and first finger for the first part of the riff. The tricky part of the second part of the riff is the bouncing between the low E string and the E power chord on the fifth string, seventh fret.
Bars twelve through fifteen is a single note riff that is very close to a very famous Led Zeppelin tune. This riff is very blues based and uses the E Blues scale. Use your third finger for the third fret. Use your first and second finger for the first and second frets.
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