Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven Tabs
 accurate tabs for the legendary song
Home

Stairway Chords

Stairway Download

Stairway Lyrics

Stairway History

Stairway Bass Tabs

Stairway Drum Tabs

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page

Robert Plant

Guitar Tab Legend

Understanding Tabs

Music Notation

Stairway to Heaven Tabs Intro Tabs Main Section Tabs Guitar Solo Tabs


Stairway to Heaven Chords

The chord progression for Stairway to Heaven is simple, but lends itself to wonderful melodies throughout the song. Below are all the chords for the song as well as a brief discussion on chords and how they are built.

Chords are simply multiple notes that combine to create a combination of sound. The most basic of chords are major and minor chords. Major chords are formed by taking three notes from a major scale which contains seven notes. By taking the first, third, and fifth notes in combination one can form a major chord. Likewise, by taking the first, third, and fifth notes of the natural minor scale one can form a minor chord.

Stairway to Heaven starts with an A minor chord and usually the chord that the song starts in is also what determines what key the song is in. In this case that is also true. Stairway to Heaven is in the key of A minor. The song also contains some major seventh chords which simply refer to creating a major chord and adding the 7th note of the scale. By taking the notes F, A, C, and E, which are the first, third, fifth, and seventh notes respectively, we form a major seventh chord. Here is a brief summary of the other types of chords found in this song.

Major Chords (G, D, C, F)

Read discussion on major chords above

Minor Chords (Am)

Read discussion on major chords above

Inversions (C/G, D/F#)

Inversions simply refer to playing a chord with something other than the first note as the lowest note. The third chord of this song is an inversion. You are playing a C chord, but the lowest note is a G so it is an "inversion" or a different way to play the chord.

Suspended Chords (Dsus4)

Suspended chords refer to playing a chord and for a time suspending a note that does not usually belong in the base chord and then resolving it. For example the D suspended 4 (Dsus4) chord found in the Intro refers to playing a D chord, but adding the 4th note of the D major scale and then resolving it back to the 3rd note. This creates a "suspended" sound that creates tension and then resolves it. This is a very common practice in popular music.

Seventh Chords (Fmaj)

Seventh chords are prominent in most styles of tonal music. There are three types of seventh chords: 1) Major 7th (written as "Fmaj7" 2) Dominant 7th (written as F7) and finally 3) Minor 7th (written as "Fmin7"). The major 7th chord is simply a major chord with the seventh note of the major scale added. The Dominant 7th is a major chord with a flat 7th added. For example a C7 chord would have the following notes: C, E, G, and Bb. The minor 7th chord also has the flat 7th, but the first three notes are a minor chord. For example, Cmin7 would have the notes C, Eb, G, and Bb.

Chromatic Alterations (Cmaj7+5)

A chromatic scale has 12 notes. The C chromatic scale would start on C and end on B playing every single note inbetween, including notes like C#, D#, etc. So chromatic chords are simply chords that take a base chord, such as the chords we have discussed above and add "chromatic" notes (such as C#) to them. For example the C major seven "plus five" chord is simply a Cmaj7 chord with the raised fifth note on the scale added. In this case the "raised fifth note" is a G sharp (G#).

All tabs and content are 2008 StairwayToHeavenTabs.com. All rights reserved.