How To Play Custard Pie

How To Play Led Zeppelin’s Custard Pie

This is a really good song to get started with if you want to get into some Led Zeppelin music.
It’s probably one of the easiest to play Jimmy Page guitar parts, yet it sounds really cool.

The song is a 12-bar blues, preceded by a 4 bar into, and ending with an outro that repeats till the song fades out.


The into consists of a 1-bar riff.

The first 7 double notes are alternate picked: down up down up down up down

The last 3 events: A chord, G bass note, A chord, are 3 down strokes

That one riff, makes up most of the song.


The verse is basically a 12 bar blues.

Here’s the transcription.

This following might help you memorize the song more quickly
This is the form and structure

  1. 4 bars main riff (= same riff like intro)

  2. 1 bar D power chord

  3. 1 bar descending power chords: D Db C C B Bb

  4. 2 x the riff

  5. E power chord (7th fret)

  6. Dm11 chord (bar 10th fret)

  7. F G power chords

  8. 2 x the riff

There you have it: that is the whole song.


This is the starting (Intro) riff, repeated till fade out.

Here’s a video where you can learn the parts


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