By Kenny Young
Ever the student of the instrument, Jimmy Page began exploring alternate and open tunings for guitar as far back as the Yardbirds and shows evidence of the technique on nearly all of Zeppelin’s studio albums.
It was a testament to his English Folk and Celtic roots in music that lead (no pun intended) to such classics as “Black Mountain Side”, “Going to California”, “Friends”, “Rain Song”, “Kashmir” the list goes on.
Another great example of alternate tunings was written and recorded during the sessions for Led Zeppelin III in 1970. Unfortunately, “Poor Tom” didn’t even make it on that album and was never performed live.
We had to wait 12 years for it see the light of day on the CODA collection. I’ve always dug this one. And, incidentally, (for the guitar players reading this) here’s the tuning from Low string to High C-A-C-G-C-E or Open C6.
Happy pickin’ and grinnin’!
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