How to play acoustic guitar like Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page
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Initially inspired by skiffle and rock ’n’ roll but eventually becoming famous as the ultimate Gibson Les Paul-toting riff-machine, Jimmy Page was also drawn to the experimental acoustic styles of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch (among others) from a very early stage, and his distinctive acoustic playing features heavily on nearly all of Led Zeppelin’s albums. 

He jokingly refers to his eclectic mix of acoustic styles as his CIA (Celtic, Indian, Arabic) connection and it is as significant a part of his style as the electric playing that frequently causes Zeppelin to be mislabelled as ‘heavy metal’. 

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