|lesson 1 - sitting to play the guitar lesson 2 - have fun learning e minor and d minor chords lesson 3 - a basic overview of a 3rd chord in g lesson 4 - different fun rhythms and basic picking lesson 5 - playing in a major lesson 6 - scales - introduction to the scale of a major lesson 7 - which ones are a must and what they are lesson 8 - Answers to common guitar learning problems lesson 9 - a song with 3 chords - margaritaville lesson 10 - folk/60's tune - love the one you're with lesson 11 - Fingering Patterns - All Major Chords lesson 12 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Chords lesson 13 - Fingering Patterns - Major Scales lesson 14 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Scales lesson 15 - Song Structure - Verses,Choruses,and Bridges lesson 16 - Fingering Patterns - Major Bar Chords lesson 17 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Bar Chords lesson 18 - Exotic Sounding Chords - Augmented and Diminished lesson 19 - Classic Guitar Songs - Stairway to Heaven lesson 20 - Basic Melodic Playing - Basic Lead Guitar||
Song 4 - Classic Guitar Songs - Stairway to Heaven
I bet most of us have a Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin memory. Perhaps we can remember the first time we heard it. Or maybe the song brings us back to a special time or event in our lives. Nostalgia aside, Stairway to Heaven sounds just as fresh today as when it first came out. The lyrics, the music, the change in dynamics - this song is worth learning.
Before you start learning this song, you may want to listen to it a few times. You want to get the timing and the music in your ear so you can play it more accurately. You may choose to strum as it is displayed in the song, or you can do your own thing. It’s up to you.
Also, don’t panic. This song is a little more complex than the other songs you’ve worked on. But, if you’ve been practicing your chords, this won’t be hard at all. You may notice that there are some chords you don’t know yet. I’ve included their diagrams after the lyrics and music and the chords will be underlined. One more thing. A “+” after a chord indicates that it is augmented.
Stairway to Heaven Words and Lyrics
Intro: Am G#+ C D Fmaj7 G Am Verse 1 Am G#+ C D There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold Fmaj7 G Am and she’s buying a stairway to heaven Am G#+ C D When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed Fmaj7 G Am with a word she can get what she came for C D Fmaj7 Am C G D Oh __ Oh __ and she’s buying a stairway to heaven C D Fmaj7 Am There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure C D Fmaj7 ‘cause you know sometimes words have two meanings Am G#+ C D In a tree by the brook there’s a songbird who sings Fmaj7 G Am Sometimes all of her thoughts are misgiven Am G#7 C D Fmaj7 G Am G/B Am7 Dsus4 D Am7 Em D Oh it makes me wonder Am7 Dsus4 D Am7 Em D C D C D And it makes me wonder Verse 2 C G Am There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west C G F Am and my spirit is crying for leaving C G Am In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees C G F Am And the voices of those who stand looking Am7 Dsus4 D Am7 Em D C D C D And it makes me wonder Am7 Dsus4 D Am7 Em D C D C D Oh it really makes me wonder Verse 3 Repeat chords for Verse 2 And its whispered that soon if we all call the tune then the piper will lead us to reason And the new day will dawn for those who stand long and the forest will echo with laughter Bridge C G/B Am C If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow don’t be alarmed now G/B F Am it’s just a spring clean for the may queen Repeat line 1 of bridge Yes there are two paths you can go by but in the long run Repeat line 2 of bridge there’s still time to change the road you’re on Repeat music from first part of bridge for next four lines Your head is humming and it won’t go in case you don’t know the piper’s calling you to join him Dear lady can you hear the wind blow but did you know your stairway lies in the whispering wind SOLO Next part: This end uses an Am G F G bar chord sequence. We learned bar chords in a previous lesson And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our souls There walks the lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to know how everything still turns to gold And if you listen very hard the time will come to you at last When all are one and one is all To be a rock and not to roll Interlude and then: Fmaj7 G Am And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
There, now that wasn’t so bad, was it? Play this along with the actual song and you’ll develop your timing and it will also double check to make sure all the chords are correct. Make any changes you want and break away from the original form to create your own interpretation.
What follows are the diagrams for the chords we haven’t covered yet. There are only four, but practice them until you are used to forming the positions.
Am7 G/B Fmaj7 Dsus4
Play this song slowly at first to help you learn how to change from one chord to the next. Then, play along with the classic hit to help you learn the timing. Oh, and if you intend on singing to it, start practicing that as soon as you start strumming the chords. It can be challenging to do both together so you may as well start from the beginning.