How to Play “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” Step-by-Step, Part-by-Part

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Here’s some background information about the Led Zeppelin song – Stairway To Heaven

In this post, we will learn how to play guitar parts of the classic rock song – Stairway To Heaven.

Guitar Chords

Stairway to Heaven Guitar Chords

Stairway To Heaven chords
Led Zeppelin 1971 (Jimmy Page / Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin IV)
Am E+* C D F G Am
          Am         E+ *
There’s a lady who’s sure
         C           D
All that glitters is gold
          F                    G  Am
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
         Am             E+ *
When she gets there she knows
       C              D
If the stores are all closed
       F                         G    Am
With a word she can get what she came for.
C    D    F    Am            C        G              D
Ooh, ooh, Ooh, ooh and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
          Am          E+ *
There’s a sign on the wall
        C           D
But she wants to be sure
          F                             G   Am
cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
     Am          E+ *
In a tree by the brook
          C            D
There’s a songbird who sings,
          F                       G  Am
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Am E+ C D F G Am
D                Am    Em D C D
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
D  Dsus4 D                Am   Em D C D
Ooh,      and it makes me wonder.
          C         G
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
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees,
        C         G               F   Am
And the voices of those who stand looking.
C G Am
D                Am    Em D C D
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
D  Dsus4 D                Am   Em D C D
Ooh,      and it makes me wonder.
        C              G
And its whispered that soon
If we all call the tune
         C          G          F   Am
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
      C            G
And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
        C            G         F    Am
And the forests will echo with laughter.
C G Am
Am D   Am  Em D C D
D        Am   Em D C D
C            G              Am
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now,
C           G                    Am
It’s just a spring clean for the may queen.
C              G                 Am
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
C             G                  Am
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
D                Am    Em D C D
Ooh, it makes me wonder
C            G              Am
Your head is humming and it won’t go
In case you don’t know,
C          G              Am
The pipers calling you to join him,
C          G                Am
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow,
And did you know
C             G           Am              C G Am
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.
D Dsus2 D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D Dsus4  C Cadd9 C Cadd9 C  2x
Am        G                F   G \ Am
And as we wind on down the road
            G               F   G \ Am
Our shadows taller than our soul.
              G           F   G \ Am
There walks a lady we all know
           G                        F   G \ Am
Who shines white light and wants to show
         G                    F   G \ Am
How everything still turns to gold.
           G           F   G \ Am
And if you listen very hard
              G              F   G \ Am
The tune will come to you at last.
             G              F  G \ Am
When all are one and one is all
        G               F
To be a rock and not to roll.
          F        G              Am
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
* E+ is an E augmented chord...perhaps the easiest way to play it is:
1st finger, first fret G string
2nd finger, first fret B string
3rd finger, 2nd fret D string

How To Play Stairway To Heaven Video Tutorial

Stairway to Heaven” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by the band’s guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for their untitled fourth studio album (usually called Led Zeppelin IV). The song is often regarded as one of the greatest and most iconic rock songs of all time.[3][4]

The song has three sections, each one progressively increasing in tempo and volume. The song begins in a slow tempo with acoustic instruments (guitar and recorders) before introducing electric instruments. The final section is an uptempo hard rock arrangement highlighted by Page’s guitar solo (considered by many to be one of the greatest ever[5]) accompanying Plant’s vocals that end with the plaintive a cappella line: “And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”

“Stairway to Heaven” was voted number three in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs,[6] and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been commercially released as a single there.[7] In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin’s Mothership release, “Stairway to Heaven” reached number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.

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