ARTIST STYLE JAM TRACKS

This cool backing track is based around some of Led Zeppelins more bluesy offerings, where Jimmy Page would truly take centre stage with his lead guitar performance. The track is in C minor and you can generally use your C minor pentatonic and C minor scales here. Have fun!

Scales: C minor & C Minor Pentatonic

Your best over this backing track is to use your C minor and C minor pentatonic scales over the whole track. This is in the key of C minor, so you can't really go wrong with these scale shapes. Below we have drawn out every shape across the fretboard for both scales (minor and pentatonic). You can also have a bit of fun with the C blues scale if you want to bring a bit more of a bluesy edge to it. Just remember, the blues note (b5th) is intended as a passing note only!

C Minor Pentatonic

C Minor Scale

C Blues Scale

Chords: The Minor 12 Bar with a twist!

This is a very interesting twelve bar blues in a minor key, typical of Led Zeppelin. The chord progression is shown clearly on the video, but if you want to see one to play these chord shapes (as there are some less well-known ones in there), here is one way to pay all the chords.

Rhythm: 12/8 Rhythm

This track is based on a time signature called 12/8. This is essentially exactly the same as a 6/8 rhythm, except it works better for slower songs so that we can fit twice as many beats into one bar (rather than 6 per bar, we say 12). As for the rhythm, the main groove is playing on the 1 and 4 of the bar. On the 1 we strum the chord and let it ring, and on the 4 we hit the chord sharply and stop it dead. You repeat this twice in one bar. It looks like this:

    Keep Learning: Jimmy Page Player study

    Many thanks for watching this video and visiting the website. If you love a bit of Zeppelin and Jimmy Page, then check out our full 24 lesson Jimmy Page player study. We take you through how to play lead, chords and rhythm in his style, as well as talk about how to get his tone and sound. It's a great fun course and even features an interactive tab to help you learn. All 100% free as always! See the course here: How To Play Like Jimmy Page.

Dan Holton

Ok, so first up is Dan giving this backing track a go! Gradually, as more tutors get involved, you'll have more to listen to here. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts!

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Dire Straits Style Backing Track in G#m

This cool backing track is based around the Brothers In Arms era of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler. We have a looping chord progression in the key of G# minor that is played by a number of instruments, including a cool soul organ. Have fun!