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Stairway To Heaven was written in 1971 by English band Led Zeppelin and appears on their fourth studio album ‘Led Zeppelin IV’. It is without a doubt one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded and continues to inspire generation after generation of new musicians. At 8.02 minutes in length it is packed full of twists and turns and is made up of many different sections. The song isn’t for the faint-hearted and certainly does require some work if you want to play it like the original. As this website is all about fingerpicking we’ll cover everything other than Jimmy Page’s epic guitar solo.
The song itself isn’t all that hard to play, it’s all in the key of A minor and the chords aren’t all that difficult – so long as you’re ok with some mini barre-chords. The real challenge is memorising the whole thing; there are lots of different arpeggiated chords and plenty of small nuances all over the place.