Guitarists: Learn How to Play Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” Guitar Riff in Two Minutes in Online Video

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Along with “Smoke on the Water” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” is one of the most classic, recognizable rhythm guitar riffs in rock history. This bone-crusher was the first song on the legendary band’s 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV.

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The Argentinean string wizard first plays the piece at its regular tempo, then at about half speed.

In another of its popular online guitar lessons,’s seven-string siren Alejandra Mesliuk teaches the thundering Jimmy Page riff. She points out that it employs the A minor pentatonic scale almost entirely in the fifth position. The second part of the line features a clever time shift.

The Argentinean string wizard first plays the piece at its regular tempo, then at about half speed. Next, in a very tight close-up, she demonstrates the riff very slowly, one note at a time.

Beginners should start slowly, using a metronome to stay in time and gradually build up speed. Printable notation and tabs accompany the lesson.

Hear more of this plectrum prodigy on recordings by the progressive metal band Inventio and on her own projects, which include full helpings of her sweeping, string-skipping and tapping expertise. Enjoy and learn more from Alejandra and all the teachers at in dozens of free lead guitar lessons at, a leader in online music education, is the brainchild of ace Philadelphia guitarist Claude Johnson. Since its launch in 2004, the site has offered lessons taught by virtuosos in styles ranging from rock, metal and blues to jazz, bluegrass and country to classical, flamenco and fingerstyle acoustic. Its many DVD courses include Supercharged Soloing Made Simple, Larry Coryell Jazz, Wicked Chicken Pickin’ Chops, How to Play Smokin’ Blues Guitar, Killer Lead Guitar Made Simple and Gospel Guitar, as well as courses for singers, drums, bass and keyboard, and music software, song collections and jam tracks.

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