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April 12, 2013
 

Jimmy Page Style

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Jimmy Page has, for over 30 years, been revered
as one of rock’s baddest guitar slingers.
His guitar playing, a lethal
combination of technical prowess,
artfulness, and pure guts, has left
many aspiring rockers without the will to keep playing!


A Short Bio

Jimmy Page was born in Heston, England in 1944. In
the mid-1960’s, he started playing studio dates on rock albums. He joined
a blues/rock band, THE YARDBIRDS in 1966 and two years later formed his
own band called the NEW YARDBIRDS. They would eventually change their
name to Led Zeppelin, a named coined from a friend who said that the band
would sink like a lead zeppelin (a blimp).

 

Jimmy Page Gear

Page played a Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster, Danelectro Standard 3021,
and a double-neck Gibson EDS-1275.

 

Jimmy Page Strumming Technique

One of the most dynamic and versatile rhythm guitar
players ever, Jimmy Page could switch between wall-busting power chords
to barely-strummed triad chords or arpeggios. Jimmy was a master of acoustic
guitar strumming as well (check out ‘Over The Hills and Far Away’
or ‘Ramble On’). The keys to his brilliant strumming are dynamics
(accents, loud or soft strums), mixing of single notes and chords, and
skipping strums.

Before you learn the first Jimmy Page style strum,
I’ll show you an accenting exercise. If you didn’t know already, an accent
is a note or chord that is played harder than usual.


 

Accent Exercise

In this exercise, you will accent the first and
the third strum. First, try the strum without the accents. Be sure
to COUNT!

Learn a Jimmy Page Style exercise

  • First play the exercise with a steady rhythm
  • Then with the metronome
  • Then with the practice tracks below

 

Jimmy Page Style Strum

First, try this strum without the accents and without the mute strums. Once you feel comfortable with the rhythm, add the mutes,
then the strums. Be sure to COUNT!

Learn a Jimmy Page style strum

  • First play the exercise with a steady rhythm
  • Then with the metronome
  • Then with the practice tracks below
  • Play it very slowly at first!

 


 

Jimmy Page Skip Strum

Play this strum very slowly at first. Use a
small, wristy strum with your right hand. Be sure to COUNT!

 

skipping strum style of Jimmy Page



About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



 
 

 
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