Jimmy Page performs with Led Zeppelin in 1971, the same year he used a unique approach to make a heavy guitar sound on

Epic live performances helped Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin build a positive reputation with their massive fan base, even if one concert was like torture for another famous rocker. The band worked quickly in the studio, too, but they still found time to experiment with new sounds and techniques. It might not sound obvious, but Page’s heavy guitars on “Black Dog” (and the idle strumming at the start of the song) happened because of a novel studio experiment.

Jimmy Page performs with Led Zeppelin in 1971, the same year he used a unique approach to make a heavy guitar sound on 'Black Dog.'
Jimmy Page performs in 1971 | Michael Putland/Getty Images

Jimmy Page developed an interest in recording techniques before forming Led Zeppelin

Page rejected two invitations to join the Yardbirds before he formed Led Zeppelin. He even received an iconic guitar for turning down the job the second time. Page preferred to remain a session musician so he could learn more about recording techniques, such as miking the studio. He made his time in the studio worth his while.

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