Kashmir – Easy guitar riff
“Kashmir” is a classic song off of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, which was released in 1975. In this video/article, you’ll learn the famous opening riff. It’s based on an open D power chord. This one is really easy because there’s only one finger on the guitar at any given time. It’s basically a 4 finger guitar exercise set to incredible music!
Your starting position is with your first finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. With your right hand, you will strum downward across the 4th and 3rd strings. Don’t forget to make the strums snappy! The strum is in groups of three notes. Relax your hand (this is important), tilt the pick slightly downward, and strum quickly across both strings. The remaining 3 left hand positions are:
1) 2nd finger/3rd fret/3rd string
2) 3rd finger/4th fret/3rd string
3) 4th finger/5th fret/3rd string
Learn to listen
Listen to the song on You Tube to get the real feel of it.
Here it is, for your convenience –
For each left hand position, your right hand will strum 2 three note groups.
– Curve your left hand fingers so you can use your fingertips to touch the 3rd string. This helps to keep your sound clean.
– Squeeze hard enough on the string for a sound to come out when your right hand picks the 3rd and 4th strings.
– Place your fingertips on the right side of each fret, touching the fret wire underneath. If you go too far to the left, you’ll be more likely to buzz. If you put your finger on top of the fret wire, you’ll get a dull sound. If your finger is just to the left of the fret wire, you won’t buzz, and your note will be crystal clear.
Check out the video, and download the tab below.