How To Play Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin on Guitar


Stairway To Heaven is one of those songs that every guitarist wants to learn and for good reasons.

This song has everything from great-sounding chord progressions to cool finger-picking patterns and one of the most memorable guitar solos of all time.

And if you are looking at how to play it on the guitar then you have come to the right place. Below you will find its chords, tabs, video tutorial, and everything you need to know to learn this song from start to end.

So, let’s look at its chords.

Stairway To Heaven Chords


As you can see the chords used in this song are A minor, E augmented (E+), C major, D major, F major, G major, E minor, Dsus4, Dsus2, and cadd9. The great thing is these are all basic chords and easily playable. Once you master these chords, you are halfway there of learning the whole song.

Stairway To Heaven Intro

The intro of this song requires fingerpicking which can be a little tricky for beginners but trust me it will be worth it. Here is a detailed video lesson of the intro section by GuitarLessons365 that you refer to.

Stairway To Heaven Lyrics with Chords

After you can master the intro, go over these lyrics with chords over it to play the whole song.

Am E+ C D F G Am

[Verse 1]
There's a [Am]lady who's [E+]sure
all that [C]glitters is [D]gold
And she's [F]buying a stairway to [G]Hea[Am]ven
When she [Am]gets there she [E+]knows,
if the [C]stores are all [D]closed
With a [F]word, she can get what she [G]came [Am]for
[C]Ooh, [D]ooh, [F]ooh, [Am]ooh, and she's [C]buying a [G]stairway to [D]Heaven

There's a [Am]sign on the [E+]wall,
but she [C]wants to be [D]sure
Cause you [F]know sometimes words have two [G]mea[Am]nings
In a [Am]tree by the [E+]brook,
there's a [C]songbird who [D]sings
Sometimes [F]all of our thoughts are [G]mis[Am]given

Am E+ C D F G Am

[D]Ooh, makes me [Am]wonder [Em D C D]
[D]Ooh[Dsus4] [D], makes me [Am]wonder [Em D C D]

[Verse 2]
There's a [C]feeling I [G]get
when I [Am]look to the west
And my [C]spirit is [G]crying for [F]lea[Am]ving
In my [C]thoughts I have [G]seen
rings of [Am]smoke through the trees
And the [C]voices of [G]those who stand [F]loo[Am]king

[C G Am]

[D]Ooh, makes me [Am]wonder [Em D C D]
[D]Ooh[Dsus4] [D], makes me [Am]wonder [Em D C D]

[Verse 3]
And it's [C]whispered that [G]soon
if we [Am]all call the tune
Then the [C]piper will [G]lead us to [F]rea[Am]son
And a [C]new day will [G]dawn
for [Am]those who stand long
And the [C]forests will [G]echo with [F]laugh[Am]ter

[C G Am]

[Am D Am Em D C D]

[Am]Oooh-[D]Oooooooh [Am Em D C D]

[Verse 4]
[C]If there's a [G]bustle in your [Am]hedgerow,
don't be [G]alarmed now
[C]It's just a [G]spring clean for the [Am]May queen
[C]Yes, there are [G]two paths you can [Am]go by,
but in the [G]long run
[C]There's still [G]time to change the [Am]road you're on

[D]Ooh, makes me [Am]wonder [Em D C D]

[Verse 5]
[C]Your head is [G]humming and it [Am]won't go,
in case [G]you don't know
[C]The piper's [G]calling you to [Am]join him
[C]Dear lady, [G]can you hear the [Am]wind blow?
And did [G]you know
[C]Your stairway [G]lies on the [Am]whispering wind? [C G Am]

D Dsus2 D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D Dsus4 C Cadd9 C Cadd9 C 2x

[Guitar Solo]

Am - G - F 10x

[Am]And as we [G]wind on down the [F]road[G] / [Am]
Our shadows [G]taller than our [F]soul[G] / [Am]
There walks a [G]lady we all [F]know[G] / [Am]
Who shines [G]white light and wants to [F]show[G] / [Am]
How every[G]thing still turns to [F]gold[G] / [Am]
And if you [G]listen very [F]hard [G] / [Am]
The tune will [G]come to you at [F]last [G] / [Am]
When all are [G]one and one is [F]all [G] / [Am]
To be a [G]rock and not to [F]roll

And she's [F]buying a [G]stairway to [Am]Heaven

Stairway To Heaven Full Video Tutorial

If everything sounds confusing then refer to the video tutorial below that teaches the whole song bit by bit from start to end.