The unique guitar tunings used by Page gave opportunities for diverse musical exploration. Here are the some of his alternate tunings, which vary from open chords to original creations.
gfx2/tri2.gif (110 bytes) D A D G A D
For Jimmy Page, the most famous alternate tuning is an Indian-based structure, which gives the guitar a sitar-like sound. Page first learned it in 1966, when Al Stewart taught him to play "Black Waterside", (by folk musician Bert Jansch). The next Yardbirds' album ("Little Games" released in 1967) featured Page's "White Summer" in this D modal tuning. The first Zeppelin LP would then include "Black Mountain Side", similar to Jansch's arrangement. "Kashmir" and later "Midnight Moonlight" (a left-over song from the Zep era called "Swan Song") would also feature this tuning.
gfx2/tri2.gif (110 bytes) C A C G C E
The Led Zeppelin III era contained a stronger focus on acoustic sounds. This folk tuning was used on "Friends". Also recorded during this period (and in the same tuning) was the instrumental "Bron-Yr-Aur" (later released on "Physical Graffiti") and "Poor Tom" (finally released on "Coda" in 1982).
gfx2/tri2.gif (110 bytes) C G C G C E
An open C tuning was used for the slide blues "Hat's Off to (Roy) Harper" in 1970.
gfx2/tri2.gif (110 bytes) D G D G B D
Open G was used by Page on several songs including: "Black Country Woman" & "Going to California". Tune it a semi-tone down for the studio version of "That's The Way".
tri2.gif (110 bytes) D A D G B E
Simply drop the 6th string to a D for "Moby ****" and "Ten Years Gone".
tri2.gif (110 bytes) Rain Song (DGCGCD - studio version) (EADADE - live performance)
Probably the most "pretty" chords were achieved with these tunings for the Rain Song, which raises a step for the live performance.