Essential Licks - Jimmy Page

One of the most important and innovative rock composers, Jimmy Page was also a very ambtious guitar player. Apart from Zeppelin's riffs that he created, Page's solos were carefully conceived. There is no rock freak that doesn't know by heart Page's solo in Stairway To Heaven, for instance. We'll see some of his most memorable licks:

Maybe the first Page solo that those who listened to music back then remember, is the guitar break in Whole Lotta Love:

Whole Lotta Love

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Another beautiful break is the one from Good Times Bad Times:

Good Times Bad Times

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But Page is not only about short breaks. He also created long, carefully conceived solos. Here is a lick from Black Dog:

Black Dog

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Dazed and Confused was an early ambitious project. We won't look at the bowed part but to a string of blues licks that Page and many other rock guitarists use frequently:

Dazes and Confused 1

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Also from Dazed and Confused, the next lick shows the preference that Page showed for free strings:

Dazed And Confused 2

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The solo at the beginning of Since I'be Been Loving You is of a particular beauty and emotion so maybe you should see it all:

Since I'be Been Loving You

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And a lick from the second solo:

Since I'be Been Loving You 2

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Heartbreaker was another daring guitar project. Page plays a series of licks with no accompaniment. This is the beginning:

Heartbreaker 1

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And here is another unforgetable part of the same solo:

Heartbreaker 2

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Of course, Stairway To Heaven is Zeppelin's greatest hit. Page knew that the first strike is very important:

Stairway To Heaven 1

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Further on, Page uses a repetitive blues lick that anyone who heard it, will remember it for ever:

Stairway To Heaven

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