Robert Plant says the keys of Led Zeppelin songs were determined solely by Jimmy Page’s guitar playing

Led Zeppelin
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Every guitarist has their own designated sweet spot on the fretboard. Whether it be the A minor pentatonic box or something more exotic, every player has a comfort zone they immediately gravitate towards as soon as they pick up their electric guitar or acoustic guitar.

Well, according to Robert Plant, Jimmy Page’s go-to spot on the fretboard was anything in the key of E. Not surprising, really, given that Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown and a wealth of other Led Zep songs are all rooted around that open string.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.