If LED ZEPPELIN was Delta Blues… "Going to California" Slide Guitar Cover



While @Led Zeppelin basically wrote the book on electric classic rock tones, it’s amazing how much they also defined how folk and rock can work together. The original arrangement of “Going to California” was tastefully stripped-down, with mainly acoustic guitar, mandolin, and the amazing vocal performance by Robert Plant. For my arrangement, I chose to use the guitar slide to mimic Robert Plant’s vocal part, since there is so much emotion in the way he slides between notes, and uses vibrato and dynamics to drive the song. I use a country blues Travis picking bassline with the thumb, and use Delta Blues slide guitar techniques for the melody and solo.
I chose to use my new Signature Resonator guitar so that I could use that haunting acoustic tone, combined with the pickup which gets those ethereal bassy, electric tones. I actually have 2 of these@Justin Johnson Signature Resonator Guitars for sale right now, so if you’re interested, you can check it out at:

🎸 If you want GUITAR TABS for this arrangement, make sure you let me know in the comment!

TUNING: Open G Hybrid: D-G-D-G-B-E
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• @Justin Johnson Signature Ceramic Guitar Slide
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• @Live From The Lab :: TELEFUNKEN Soundstage ELA M 260 Tube Mic

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27 comments

  1. Hi Justin. I have been watching your videos for about 6 years now and they are superb. I particularly enjoy the ' If … was Delta Blues' videos. Do you take suggestions for the inclusion of artists for these videos. Would you consider Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy to name but a few. I think your style of playing and your arrangements of some of these artists work would be well worth listening to. Keep playing and posting your excellent videos.

  2. Always mind blown 🤯 Justin , you’re a country / acoustic god ! Been watching you since 30k followers . Always amazing to hear you play !

  3. Great arrangement, and playing! I'd happily purchase the tablature if you make it available.

  4. yup Justin just got one of those Scam's you were warning folks about in your community section of your channel ,, new it was BS right away but it was great that u had something warning folks i can see how someone would get taken ,, after all its not everyday u win a new guitar 🤣with out even entering a contest ,, anyway its been reported and as always digging your style

  5. A simply beautiful arrangement of this tune. We DEFINITELY want a transcription–as soon as possible! (Please.)

  6. I went up on tabs I have a question. Are the tabs that I've seen for the way you play in this video ?

  7. Maybe the greatest cover of this song i ever heard , you're a big inspiration. Because of you i started playing slide and now i'm addicted to it. So thank you Justin!✌🎸

  8. Mate if you have got the tabs . I would love to learn this beautiful son . Finally someone playing this song without killing but giving it heart

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