Tush 1

For this riff, you may want to use your thumb for the “low E” string notes, as it will provide much more ease in playing the riff. The option is still totally up to you though. In this riff, you will be focusing on some palm mutes and a slide, as well as some “vibrato.” Vibrato is when you rapidly shake the string being played with your fret hand as much as possible to produce a wah-like effect. This riff is set to 144 bpm (beats per minute).

Below is the riff slowed down a little to give you some practice:

Here is the riff at normal speed:

Complete Transcription To “Tush” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Tush” (Power

Stairway To Heaven Part 3

Now, it’s time to put it together! Practice playing both parts together.

No Stairway?

This intro from Stairway To Heaven has been the butt of a few jokes over the years because it seemed that every time you went to the music shop someone would be hunched overplaying it.

Maybe you’ll remember the scene from the movie “Wayne’s World”:


Changing To The Interlude…

The tail end of the riff changes when leading into the interlude. It’s just a two-note walk (A and B note) into what will be a C in the next measure (not shown).


Stairway To Heaven Part 4

This interlude is easier to play than the main riff that we’ve already learned. There are two variations. In the first, the basic chord progression is C, D, Fmaj7, Am, C, G, D:

In the variation, in the last 2 measures, the chord progression is slightly altered with the G being replaced by D and it ends on Fmaj7:

Funny Fingers…

Here’s a look at how you might want to fingerpick it: