Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bassline for Led Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song"

Hi again. Here's my transcription of John Paul Jones' awesome bassline for "The Lemon Song". Legend says that he improvised it from beginning to end and recorded it in one take. If that's true, thay guy is not from this planet.

The Lemon Song Bassline

And here's my attempt at it:


  1. Dude are you sight-reading that?

  2. No, man. I recorded that video after countless days trying to memorize the line. What you see there is a lot of concentration trying not to miss a single note. Sadly, I haven't played it again, so I have to pass through a re-learning process if I want to play it. Well, I think it won't be that difficult since it's a matter of "waking up" the memory. Thank you for your comment! :)

  3. Forgot to mention: Transcribing the line was a trmendous help for memorizing it.

  4. Thanks for the work! Do you have a version w the harmonies in it? It's pretty easy to jot them in I suppose, but might be nice to have in the chart as well.

    thanks again

  5. Thank you for your comment! Well, the chord chart is really easy: The first eight measures are in E7. From the 9th measure, a standard 12-bar blues progression is played over and over until the end of the piece. The progression is: 4 measures in E7, 2 measures in A7, 2 measures in E7, 1 measure in B7, 1 measure in A7 and 2 measures in E7. It's all you have to play until the end of the piece, even during the double-time sections.

    Let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you again!

  6. Nicely done! Lot of work transcribing that!