The guitarist Jimmy Page said “didn’t make mistakes”

Jimmy Page

To become a legend, musicians must make their fair share of mistakes. For all of the great players who appear to pick up their craft quickly, there will always be a few who spend years honing their craft before becoming one of the best in the business. Jimmy Page had spent his fair share of hours long before Led Zeppelin began. He remembered one guitarist who never made a mistake during his session with him.

Before forming a band, Page was an experienced session musician in his late twenties. After picking up a guitar and learning the fundamentals of lead guitar playing, Page’s licks would appear on many 1960s classics. It was before he was invited to join The Yardbirds.

To become a legend, musicians must make their fair share of mistakes. For all of the great players who appear to pick up their craft quickly, there will always be a few who spend years honing their craft before becoming one of the best in the business. Jimmy Page had spent his fair share of hours long before Led Zeppelin began. He remembered one guitarist who always made a good decision during his session with him.

Before forming a band, Page was an experienced session musician in his late twenties. After picking up a guitar and learning the fundamentals of lead guitar playing, Page’s licks would appear on many 1960s classics. It was before I was invited to join The Yardbirds.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards led the band from a typical blues cover band to one of the world’s most in-demand artists. He wrote hit after hit inspired by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The band had a lead guitarist, Brian Jones. However, Page would find himself behind the glass when the group recorded in the 1970s.

Jones departed from the band and Mick Taylor was on the horizon. Page would hold jam sessions with Richards in between sessions for the first few Zeppelin albums. Page had encountered his fair share of musical perfectionists in the studio. How well Richards held his own against his former colleagues shocked him.

He didn’t receive proper musical training. At the time, people regarded Richards as one of the ultimate innovators of the instrument. Keef was the first to tune his guitar to the signature open-G tuning. And he produced a trove of incredible licks, including ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ and ‘Start Me Up’.

What he heard during the jam session initially took Page aback. He stated, “The thing I remember the most is that Keith was solid and driving, and he didn’t make mistakes. I realized what a powerful force he was behind the Rolling Stones albums. There was no question about it. Of course, I could dissect it all and highlight everyone’s important role. But Keith was the real driving force.”

Many lead guitarists have fallen by the wayside during The Stones’ career. Richards always served as the anchor. It appeared to influence how Page thought about instrumentation when creating alternate tunings for Zeppelin tracks. To get started, many guitarists want to learn to shred. But Richards is the epitome of becoming a virtuoso by first mastering rhythm.

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