Eagle-eyed (and eared!) Led Zeppelin lovers may notice that this version is slightly different from what they are familiar with. That’s because this version combines the live version, and, where it gets a bit too messy, bits from the fourth studio album Four Symbols. This way you get the best of both worlds with a version that works for just one guitar without losing out on any of the important elements.
As the title suggests, the tune is a basic Rock and Roll 12-bar. Life is pretty easy until the guitar solo kicks in. At 170 BPM, and, at times, 4 notes per beat, this ain’t for the faint! Don’t beat yourself up too much if you can’t play it perfectly up to tempo, as Jimmy Page was always a relatively sloppy player, and when he played this live he wasn’t as accurate as I’ve tried to be for the video.
The first two bars are taken from the studio recording, kicking off with a neat open-string lick before launching into some nice phrases derived from the A Major Pentatonic scale. Bar 8 probably sounds more difficult than it actually is with Jimmy performing a simple pull-off phrase which is moved up the neck one fret at a time to arrive at the 10th fret in time for the D chord.
As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!
Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!