The Guitarist That Gave Lessons To Jimmy Page And John Paul Jones
Even today, Led Zeppelin has a secured place among the greatest rock and roll bands. Formed in 1968, the band consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. During their musical career, Led Zeppelin released numerous successful albums along with classic rock hits known by almost everyone around the world. Their innovative and distinctive sound has also influenced many rock bands.
Throughout Led Zeppelin’s career, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones contributed immensely to the band’s career. Jones was responsible for the band’s classic bass lines while Page created guitar riffs with his own guitar-playing techniques. They were both session musicians before joining Led Zeppelin, and they achieved international success as members of the iconic rock band.
Considering their contributions to Zeppelin, there is no doubt that both guitarists have unique talents. Nevertheless, it appears there was someone who gave some guitar lessons to them before their career in Led Zeppelin. Let’s find out who that person was.
John McLaughlin Gave Guitar Lessons To Jimmy Page And John Paul Jones
A talented guitarist and pioneer of jazz fusion, John McLaughlin, has contributed to numerous key British groups back in the early 1960s. According to the musician, he also gave guitar lessons to Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones before Led Zeppelin came into existence.
While McLaughlin was talking to Dave Lawrence for an interview in 2018, Lawrence asked him if it is true that he gave lessons to Jimmy Page. Confirming that he did, the guitarist said he was 18 years old at that time while Page was 17. He then stated that due to their young age, he only taught him some chords. McLaughlin then revealed he played with John Paul Jones in an R&B band named Herbie Goins And The Nightimers. Following that, he claimed that he taught Jones harmony long before Zeppelin was formed.
Asked if he gave guitar lessons to Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin said:
“Yeah, but he was like 17 and I was 18. What am I going to teach him? ‘You know this chord, Jimmy?’ Not too much, but we became friends.
And all of that gang, John Paul Jones… I was playing with John Paul Jones in an R&B band Herbie Goins And The Nightimers. And I taught him harmony before Zeppelin was even formed.”
As it appears, both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones spent some time with John McLaughlin back then. Perhaps, the musician had a slight influence on both guitarists.
Below, you can check out the interview where John McLaughlin talked about his musical contributions and the time he spent with Page and Jones.