randy rhoads

From neo-classical riffs to pure shred and finally Southern rock on steroids, these three guitarists held it down for Ozzy for more than 30 years.

Chops: Advanced
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Learn how to systematically compose a melodic solo.
• Understand the elements of 2-string arpeggios.
• Improve your alternate and economy picking. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

Today, let’s check out some of the lead guitar work on Ozzy Osbourne’s solo albums. After basically inventing heavy metal with Black Sabbath in the early ’70s, Ozzy launched a successful solo career aided by the powerful guitar work of the legendary Randy Rhoads. After Randy tragically died in 1982, the torch was carried on by Jake E. Lee and later by modern-day Viking, Zakk Wylde.

Ozzy’s solo albums are classics, and his guitarists have influenced generations of players across many genres. Randy introduced a classical influence into the music that would later be adopted and expanded into neoclassical shred by Yngwie Malmsteen. Randy’s playing and tone changed the game and there was even a guitar body shape named after him, the asymmetrical V-style Jackson Rhoads.

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