How To Play Led Zeppelin’s Custard Pie Note for Note

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 intro, 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 downstrokes

That one riff makes up most of the song.


The verse is basically a 12 bar blues.

Here’s the transcription.

The 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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  1. Jams Says:

    what about the harmonica parts at the end made for guitar?

    March 28th, 2024 at 8:40 pm
  2. vreny Says:

    I usually just stick to guitar parts when teaching songs, but YES, it’s great ear training and great practice to learn how to play parts of other instruments on guitar. It can reveal interesting phrasing, note combinations, or melodic patterns that are characteristic for that instrument and less common in guitar playing.

    June 10th, 2024 at 3:38 pm