<title>Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven - Solo</title>
<description>My recording of the solo from Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"</description>
<series order="12">2022 music project</series>
According to my gigantic
of Led Zeppelin's complete studio recordings</a>, the solo from <em>Stairway to Heaven</em>
is "such a classic that every rock guitarist should have it in their repertoire".
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<caption>It's not easy but you're a loser if it's hard.</caption>
Since it was not in my repertoire, and frankly I haven't been playing the guitar
all that much lately, this seemed like a good opportunity to get back in shape.
So I recorded the little interlude plus the solo section and then filmed myself
pretending to play along to it. You know I was faking it because I forgot
to plug my guitar into something.
<li>It is impossible to program drums that sound like John Bonham.</li>
<li>Continuous bending is a technical weakness of mine</li>
<li>There was very little distortion in <em>Stairway to Heaven</em></li>
<li>The solo is mixed <em>incredibly</em> low in the studio recording.</li>
<caption>My (distorted) rendition the solo from <em>Stairway to Heaven</em></caption>
There were two acoustic guitar tracks (panned L and R), two clean rhythm tracks
(L was neck pickup, R was bridge pickup), two slide guitar tracks, a bass track,
a crunchy rhythm guitar track for the outro, and the solo guitar track. Drums were programmed in
<a href="http://hydrogen-music.org/">Hydrogen</a>. The tempo annoyingly changes from 83 BPM
to 90 BPM to 96 BPM to 102 BPM. <a href="https://ardour.org/">Ardour</a> is my DAW
of choice with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JACK_Audio_Connection_Kit">Jack</a>
as the audio transport.
<caption>Screenshot of my <em>Stairway to Heaven</em> session in Ardour</caption>