By Bad Seed
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Jimmy Page is the third essential British blues guitarist, following in the footsteps of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, to have emerged from the seminal blues/rock/proto-metal aggregation known as the Yardbirds. After the original Yardbirds fell apart, Jimmy gigged with a band he called the New Yardbirds, who soon changed their name to Led Zeppelin.
Like Clapton and Beck, Page was deeply influenced by the American blues guitar masters B.B. king, Albert King, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush, but Jimmy spun these influences into a style much less polished and much more raw; in the early days, what he lacked in technical brilliance he more than made up for in spirit and intensity (by Zeppelin III, however, Page's facility rivaled that of Clapton and Beck). Like his compatriots, he favors minor pentatonic and blues scales when soloing, which is the case with this excerpt played in his style. The riffs here are primarily based on E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) and the E Blues scale (E G A Bb B D).