Stairway to Heaven

From Led Zeppelin IV.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 04 Jan 2023Visits: 288Code: UL421

INSTRUMENTS: Rock Main: Any Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Repertoire • Rock

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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band's untitled fourth studio album (usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV). The song, running eight minutes and two seconds, is composed of several sections, which increase in tempo and volume as the song progresses. The song begins as a slow acoustic-based folk song accompanied by pan flutes (recorder per Jimmy Page), before electric instrumentation is introduced.

Stairway to Heaven is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin , released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant ) for the band's untitled fourth studio album (usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV). The song, running eight minutes and two seconds, is composed of several sections, which increase in tempo and volume as the song progresses. The song begins as a slow acoustic-based folk song accompanied by pan flutes (_recorder per Jimmy Page_), before electric instrumentation is introduced. The final section is a high-tempo hard rock section highlighted by an intricate guitar solo by Page.

The song, often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all-time, was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs, and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been officially released as a single there. In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin's Mothership release, "Stairway to Heaven" hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart.

I'd post links to ukulele versions of this song - but - they all really suck. Either they are just playing the guitar part, badly without the melody. To, changing the key and just playing what they can from the original guitar part.

In exploring this song on ukulele, the melody can be covered in the original key, with a lot of Jimmy Page's guitar part. You can get a really nice version of the song and stay true to the song. No need to regurgitate the guitar part note for note.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

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Stairway to Heaven - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

Updated: 04 Jan 2023

Considered one of the great rock songs of all time. This is my take on this rock classic for ukulele. Arranged for low G, C tuning.

Videos

Related Videos for Stairway to Heaven.

Jimmy Page: How Stairway to Heaven was written - BBC News

Updated: 01 Jan 2003

Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s - loved, imitated and sometimes parodied. Now Led Zeppelin's classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band's fourth album. 43 years after its release, the song continues to hold a place in many music fans' hearts.

Guitarist Jimmy Page gives a personal account of how a rock anthem came together.

Camera: Dave O'Neill, Richard Kenny. Editing: Dave O'Neill. Producer: Amanda Bruckshaw

Related Lessons

Related Lessons for Stairway to Heaven.

UL120

Using Triads on `Ukulele

Updated: 23 Apr 2015

In music or music theory, a triad is a three-note chord (or, more generally, any set of three notes, pitches, or tones). Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. These lessons explore both. Using triads as chords like any other chord and using triads as a basis for creating melodies and improvising.

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Melody and Chord Tips

Updated: 01 Mar 2019

Creating "Melody and Chord Arrangements", in theory are as simple as harmonizing the melody with a chord. Which is playing a chord that has the melody note as the top note of the chord voicing. In practice it is a little more involved, but not much more.

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