UG Weekend Riff: Part 22

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It's a Black Sabbath phenomenon! We hope you enjoy learning how to play these two great songs. First is an incredible in depth experience of Crazy Train by high voltage, probably the most talented writer we have here on UG. He has worked incredibly hard to give you this lesson along with the midi for both tabs. The second is a short lesson on the intro to Paranoid which we hope you will enjoy.

Crazy Train

Crazy Train is arguably the most popular and best-known song to come out of Ozzy Osbourne's post Black Sabbath career. In this Weekend Riff I will show you how to play my three favorite riffs from Crazy Train. I would also consider these riffs to be the most well known in the song and the most repetitive so listen carefully! Here we will start with the ever so famous introduction of Crazy Train which is pretty self explanatory. This is definitely the most common riff throughout the song and is my absolute favorite riff.

  • Riff #1

    After the classic opening riff in F# minor, the band settles into a comfortable groove with this palm-muted figure in A major. Use the bottom of your palm, resting lightly on your guitar's bridge, to gently muffle the strings. Simply lift your palm away from the bridge slightly for the non-muted chords in the passage. Be sure to use alternate picking -- upstroke, down stroke, upstroke, down stroke -- and begin the phrase with a down stroke on the A string. Only deviate from alternate picking for the three-note chords that punctuate the riff -- these should all be played with down strokes. (Be sure to palm mute all single open-stringed notes!) ||------------------|------------------||-----------------|------0----| ||o-----------------|-----------------o||-----------------|------0----| ||------------------|------------------||-----------------|-7----9----| ||------------------|------------------||-----------------|-7----9----| ||o-----4---5---4---|-2-------2-------o||-----4---5---4-2-|-5----7----| ||--2-2---2---2---2-|---5-4-5---5-4-0--||-2-2---2---2-----|------0----|

  • Riff #2

    Watch the jump from the low E string to the D chord on the D, G, and B strings during the first and third measures of this classic Chorus section. Be sure not to let the open strings between them -- particularly the A string -- ring out, making the phrase sound messy rather than tight and crunchy. Play the F#5 chord that begins this excerpt with your index finger on the low E string and your ring finger on the A string. Simply lift the index finger off the fingerboard slightly to hit the open E string, then replace it without changing the position of you hand. The F#5 chord in the final two measures of the example uses the same fingering, but the ring finger is flattened to barre the A and D strings at the 4th fret, doubling the low F# an octave higher. Play the repeated F#5 chord with all down strokes for added heaviness. |------------------------|-----------------------|---------------7--------| |------5-------5---------|-3---------2-(2)-------|-------5-------5--------| |------6-------4---------|-2---------2-(2)-----2-|-------6-------4--------| |------7-------6---------|-4---------2-(2)-----2-|-------7-------6--------| |0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|---0-0-0-0-0-(0)-----0-|-0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0-0| |------------------------|-----------------3s4---|------------------------|

    |-5-----------------------------| |-3-------2-(2)-----------------| |-2-------2-(2)-4p2p0-----------| |-4-------2-(2)-------4p2p0-----| |---0-0-0-0-(0)-------------4p2-| |-------------------------------|

  • Riff #3 |-----------------------|------------|------------|---------| |------------------3----|------------|-------3----|---------| |------------------2----|------------|-------2----|---------| |-4-----4----4-----0----|-4-----4----|-4-----0----|-0-0-----| |-4-----4----4----------|-4-----4----|-4----------|-----4-2-| |-2--0--2----2--0-------|-2--0--2----|-2--0-------|---------|

    |--------------------------------|-----------------|-------------| |--------------------------------|-----------------|-------------| |-2--2---------------------------|-----------------|-------------| |-2--2--------2----2---------4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-| |-0--0--------2----2---------4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-| |---------4-2-0----0----4-4--2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|

    If you're interested in learning the full version of Crazy Train here is the full tablature of the song and here is the midi. There it is folks and thanks for reading, Chris.

    Paranoid:

    Black Sabbath was one of the greatest bands to come out of the 70's. With a different style unlike the rest, Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads made some of the greatest songs around. One of my favorites is Paranoid.

    I first learned this song playing it with the 12th and 14th frets. It didn't take long for me to find a better version. Mainly, your pointer finger and ring finger will be in action sliding down and across the neck. Use your pointer to barre.

    Whenever I hear of, or see rhoads I start thinking about the "flying V". He used his Les Paul as well but I think for this song he used one of his custom V's. It's ok if you don't have one so don't fret.

    You should use this gear setting in order to get proper sound:

  • Treble: 9
  • Bass: 6
  • Drive: 6

    Here's the tablature for paranoid along with the midi.

  • 94 comments sorted by best / new / date

      jake_the_pake
      you bloody fool, Ozzy and Randy rhoads wrote paranoid huh? I know Mr Iommi would have something to say aboout that.....
      Angry-Young-Man
      You don't post something noticably false buddy! Proof reading can do wonders when writting articals as well. Spell check/grammar check are useful tools. If someone is too lazy to do these things, they deserved to get flamed.[/qoute] Oh I see, he's lazy because he did something that he didn't really HAVE to do, for the benefit of people on this site. Yup, that sounds pretty lazy to me. Everyone complained when this got taken away because people were bitching too much, and now everyones bitching again? Doesn't make sense to me.
      axeman84
      anyone of those tabs can be found in countless issues of guitar magazines over the years,,,and they're correct!!!..
      axeman84
      randy didn't write paranoid, you ***ing retard!!!! and i really doubt that you play guitar, post a tab that hasn't been printed 1000x already,,,,jackass!
      metalhead369
      screw this everyone is either bitching about the tab and his screw-up(i thought it was funny actually)or bitching about people bitching.i hope you people realize that.by doing this, i am bitching in a way to point out everyone bitching, so i am bitching along with everyone in the process.c ya bitches.
      Y2A 66
      ^ Lets not forget that after the original barrage of insults towards the tab has been completed, 85 more people feel bad for the poor guy and come to his defense by insulting all the people who originally insulted the article. God love UG
      Mental Hop
      This is how UG works. One person posts an article with a minor mistake. Eighty-five people notice the mistake and point out the mistake using a plethora of angry words or phrases. Eighty-five more people read the posts by the previous guitarist about the mistake and proceed to revisit the mistake. After they have posted their opinion on a meaningless mistake eighty-five more people complain about the mistake and give you history on why the mistake was wrong. The cycle continues until people have wasted a minimum of 300 hours to complain about a simple mistake. 300 hours that could have went playing guitar/writing or doing other musically constructive activities. 2-4 people offer amnesty on the guy, and then complain about people who attack other on a simple mistake and then those 2-4 people are verbally raped because someone made a mistake. God Bless UG
      LPStudio
      I applaud you for the effort. However, they are right when they say proof reading can do great things. I'm sure it was just an oversight though, and it happens. Thanks for the effort. A
      VelvetÆnema33
      Angry-Young-Man: You don't post something noticably false buddy! Proof reading can do wonders when writting articals as well. Spell check/grammar check are useful tools. If someone is too lazy to do these things, they deserved to get flamed.[/qoute] Oh I see, he's lazy because he did something that he didn't really HAVE to do, for the benefit of people on this site. Yup, that sounds pretty lazy to me. Everyone complained when this got taken away because people were bitching too much, and now everyones bitching again? Doesn't make sense to me.
      crittics are everywhere, deal with it. Posting information that is false turns people that don't know the truth in the wrong direction. Otherwise, showing them things wrong.
      milk_it_good
      This section is for comments, not complaints. But the way most of you are writing, it's apparent that complaining is a natural talent. Come on, stop the scrutiny for just enough time to admire all of the positive aspects of the article. I would have never thought of learning crazy train until now. I am eternally grateful.
      TheFonz3301
      All though Randy Rhodes was an awsome guitar player, he never played with Black Sabbath or even wrote Paranoid.
      VelvetÆnema33
      jof1029: does anyone remember when geldof used to do these? yeah, he stopped cause you *******s wouldnt stop bitching about minor mistakes. if thats what you people want to happen again, then keep whigning. high voltage, nice job on crazy train. im glad to see it done, especially so well. nice job. if thats the way rhodes play paranoid, it looks to be worth learning just for something different. hv and marc, keep up the good work and dont listen to the people who complain
      You don't post something noticably false buddy! Proof reading can do wonders when writting articals as well. Spell check/grammar check are useful tools. If someone is too lazy to do these things, they deserved to get flamed.
      jof1029
      does anyone remember when geldof used to do these? yeah, he stopped cause you *******s wouldnt stop bitching about minor mistakes. if thats what you people want to happen again, then keep whigning. high voltage, nice job on crazy train. im glad to see it done, especially so well. nice job. if thats the way rhodes play paranoid, it looks to be worth learning just for something different. hv and marc, keep up the good work and dont listen to the people who complain.
      Angry-Young-Man
      Hey everyone, quit bitching ok? You wanna moan and whine because he spelt your idols name wrong or something equally immature? THEN WRITE YOUR OWN ARTICLE AND SEE HOW HARD IT IS. Marchoso, you deserve some sort of medal for putting up with this kind of crap and still doing one of these.
      slash is god
      iommi played the main riff to paranoid at 12th fret but it can be plated at 7th fret on A string as done by megadeth and ozzy solo (randy rhoads).
      garypower
      randy in sabbath? is dis guy crazy? does he know n e ting about ozzy and sabbath
      VelvetÆnema33
      THis is how it is... People bitch because of it being wrong. You don't post a lession that's WRONG! But mixing some of this stuff up is not a smart thing, because I know in many peoples eyes, Tony was the Rift God in Metal.
      axeman84
      More time in spelling class, less time hurting eardrums w/ your lame ass guitar playing Angry-Young-Man: Hey everyone, quit bitching ok? You wanna moan and whine because he spelt (SPELLED) your idols name wrong or something equally immature? THEN WRITE YOUR OWN ARTICLE AND SEE HOW HARD IT IS. Marchoso, you deserve some sort of medal for putting up with this kind of crap and still doing one of these. [POSTED: 09 April 2005 - 11:11]|
      LPriffer23
      Who cares who wrote what, who plays with who. The point is, these are all definitely some kick a$$ songs
      HardrockGtrist8
      Jeez, everyone on here need to friggin chill. So what, it was a little messed up. He realized his mistake and admited to it. Cut him some slack. Nice tabs.
      dividedfaith
      BTW marchoso keep it up man!! dont listen to these georgetown kiddies .. bunch of knobs.. peace out... your doin great..
      dividedfaith
      ***ing human rights lawyers are all over this message board..Piece of suggestion FAGS.. stop bitchin and dissin' here coz this aint georgetown mother***ers.. GO GET A LIFE you SONS OF BITCHES!!!!
      Punk_Dude2005
      metalhead369: screw this everyone is either bitching about the tab and his screw-up(i thought it was funny actually)or bitching about people bitching.i hope you people realize that.by doing this, i am bitching in a way to point out everyone bitching, so i am bitching along with everyone in the process.c ya bitches. [POSTED: 10 May 2005 - 18:32]|
      Im with him..Yeah true he did make mistakes but its not the end of the world and at least he was actually trying to teach us something and is not one of you ***ers who just likes to flame people
      rayIII
      I think when he said the Randy Rhoads version of Paranoid he was talking about the live version from the Tribute CD, he didn't write it, just the solo.
      riffer_raffer
      i knew that this poor guy was gonna get flamed as soon as i read this "Black Sabbath" segment. poor guy, never had a chance .... RIP...
      Jason144
      Thanks for the riffs. Having known no Sabbath/Ozzy tabs (Not even Iron Man!), this was just what I needed. It's okay if some people find something needed fixing (the Paranoid tab didn't sound right to me), but he already apologized for it. Here's hoping for more tabs (Iron Man maybe???)
      SG thrasher
      kudos on the crazy train but good god what were you smoking when you did the paranoid tab fool?
      lespaulbuddy
      Think of it this way, he got off his ass and made this for us... at least you could thank him for that
      metalhead296
      YO U ARE ALL FUCKING BITCHES...HE HAD HIS MISTAKE POINTED OUT 10000 FUCKING TIMES HE REALIZED IT AND IF LOOKED ABOVE, HE ADMITED TO IT, AND YOU KEEP TELLING HIM I SWARE YOU ARE A BUNCH OF FUCKING HYPORCRITS AND I DONT CARE IF I SPELLIED IT WRONG AND THAT IS Y I AM TAKING UP SPACE ASSHOLES
      pokescab
      Zoso-Zep: Man, this website is run by a bunch of 13 year olds, I swear..
      HEY I'm A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD. Now I'm all insulted. I think I'll go into my special crying corner.
      Billymack1933
      good job on crazy train, and screw all you immature ppl who cant find n e thing better to do than bitch about this tab
      no_username
      who cares who wrote what? the crazy train tab is good, in my opinion i dont think that the paranoid tab is very good, but thats ok, you made some mistakes big deal. you should tab some more.
      johnnybgoode
      1. Paranoid was a Black Sabbath creation, it is the title track to thier best album 2.Ozzy solo performed crazy train 3.i personally find it easier to pluck the open 5th string rather than play the 5th string of the low E in the intro to Crazy Train (just a suggestion) 4.nice goin love the series keep on a rockin'!!!
      imthaman
      this is terrible. The tab is totally incorrect. It may sound like it but it's not how my man randy played it. Zakk wylde doesn't even play it like that. I think you should know what your talking about before you post things like this.
      oddling8
      I'm not a ***ing Sabbath fan, atleast I don't obsess over them and I haven't heard alot of their music, but even I was ***ing pissed that he got Rhoads confused with Iommi. Tool.
      WishIHadAGibson
      tony iommi and a custom V? i think not. and a les paul? not so much, although i have seen pics of him with it. paranoid is played up at the 12 and 14, any Iommi fan should know that. what a ***ing moron, this guy should be FINED for being so gay.
      killer_mop
      is it jsut me or are they tabing songs that basicly everyone has over tabed....
      natansh_18
      1st....i like black sabbath too. I like the opening riff of Crazy Train.Good piece of work!