Zep's "Levee"

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Zep's "Levee"

Postby ricochet » Mon Aug 08, 2005 3:09 pm

Tried my hand at tabbing: http://guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=17123

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RE: Zep's "Levee"

Postby mickeypainless » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:50 pm

Looks like a bang up job Rico! I'm gonna download the MP3 and mess w/ it later! I have been a die hard Zep fan since the early 70's and certainly learned the intro to Stairway in one of my earlier attempts at guitar!
If yer gonna get into Tab'n much, I'd love to see yer ver. of Amaz. Grace and Star Spangle Banner (I really enjoy yer soundclick)!
Thanx in advance should ya decide to accept the task!
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RE: Zep's "Levee"

Postby ricochet » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:36 pm

Maybe I'll get around to those. Fairly big jobs. Thanks!

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RE: Zep's "Levee"

Postby ricochet » Fri Aug 12, 2005 1:39 pm

I went back and added to that tab. I realized it was incomplete. I'd left out the "guitar solo" and end riff. This stuff's all standard Delta licks.

http://guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=17123

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RE: Zep's "Levee"

Postby mickeypainless » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:24 pm

Nice add! I'm havin fun w/ this one and since I don't sing I can mess w/ it in either tuning! Thanx again Ric!
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RE: Zep's "Levee"

Postby ricochet » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:33 pm

Glad you like it, Mick!

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Postby Huddie Ledbetter » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:00 am

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure thats wrong. If you listen to the song, It's in F so you have to use open F, as in open-G down one step.
D-G-D-G-B-D = Open-G
C-F-C-F-A-C = Open-F
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Postby ricochet » Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:55 pm

Nope. Jimmy Page said that he recorded it in Open G on a 12 string Fender. The recording was slowed down to "thicken up the sound." It ended up in about an F key. If you want to, detune Open G to F. Actually, I usually play it in Open D, in the key of D, and like it a lot better that way.
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Re: Zep's

Postby The Breeze » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:23 pm

Excellent tune, worth a revisit. I have been working on an acoustic version for a while.
I have seen tab that puts this as an open F tuning FACFCF (open G/long A shape) which means there is no third interval on the top strings. The main riff played on the top 3 strings: (very ish...)

------------0----0----0--------3-----5
------------0----0----0--------3-----5
---3--0-------------------3--0

Add the bass and John Bonhams drums...
I play this in open D and try to avoid the F sharp open string. The strings in the main riff are basically the Bass D/Octave D and the two top strings.
I can't tab so I video'd it:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRBU3Aw2bG8

I can drop to a more repetitive riff or simplify the bass for a harp solo. Oh and don't play the less deltafied middle section. Anybody got any cool additions?
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Re: Zep's

Postby blueshome » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:56 pm

It was even better when Joe and Minnie did it!
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Re: Zep's

Postby The Breeze » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:50 pm

Yea, I like that one. But there is a delta riff suggested by the Zep version that I have not been able to put my fingers on yet. See if I can sparse it out a bit and displace the beat...
Been looking for some tab of the Memphis Minnie version but not had any luck. I'll have to sit down with the CD and see what I can work out. Maybe what I'm looking for is in the middle somewhere?
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Re: Zep's

Postby A J Davies » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:39 am

I gotta say I really like John Campbell's version off of Howlin' Mercy.

I reckon he's a much overlooked bravura slide prodigy tbh lol...
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Re: Zep's

Postby A J Davies » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:11 pm

John Campbell did a really good version of it on his Howlin Mercy album back in the 90s. I probably mention his name a fair bit, lol, mostyl just cause a lot of people haven't heard a lot of his stuff and he was a very talented bluesman.

His cover of Louisiana Blues up on Youtube is a really nice example of where someone can take a song when they put a few drops of their own soul into it!
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