Ozzy Osbourne: 'Crazy Train' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa

Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the classic solo Randy Rhoads plays in "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.

Ultimate Guitar
Standard tuning: E A D G B E

Level: Intermediate

This is a classic song and solo. I've always found this song (and solo) to be awesome levels of win. This is an absolute must for all guitarists to learn and incorporates some cool tapping ideas and legato runs. As usual we'll break the solo down into sections and look at anything that could be potentially problematic. I'll also leave a link to YouTube and the tab at the bottom of the article.

Section 1 Tips

The first section (on the album version) opens with a quick double tap lick. This is a little bit different rhythmically then the EVH or Kirk Hammet style tapping and phrasing. Let's take a look at the lick (see excerpt below).

You'll notice the whole tapping bar is in triplet semiquavers. I think of it in mini groups of 6. The pattern that's going through my head during this sequence is: tap down, tap pulloff, tap down, tap pulloff, fretting hand pull off then hammer. The main thing is to not let your fretting hand react until you've done 2 taps on your picking hand. Take it slowly, as the rhythm and triplet feel can seem a little complex, if you attempt to play it at album speed straight away.

Section 2 Tips

The entire second section takes place around an F# minor diatonic shape across the first 3 strings (see diagram below).

It's a pretty simple shape the tricky thing for me was getting the phrasing, string changes and the legato emphasis in the right places. Let's take a look at the tricky bit (see excerpt below).

Keep in mind that in the second bar of the excerpt above you'll need to sustain the 16th fret bend whilst you play 17th fret of the 2nd string. You can bend with your middle finger and play the 2nd string with your ring finger or bend with the ring and use you pinky. Try both and see what works best for you!

Section 3 Tips

The 3rd section isn't too complex to play, however it does require a bit of strength and endurance from you fretting hand in order to get an even volume from all the hammered and pulled off notes (see excerpt below).

This section can be used as and exercise to improve finger strength during legato. You'll want to eventually be able to play a phrase like this with little tension in your forearms and wrist, have an even volume between the notes, and also to not fatigue and lose speed consistency.

Section 4 Tips

The last section of this song ends with a really cool legato run using semiquaver triplets. I think of it as a "D" Lydian shape over 2 octaves (see excerpt below).

As you can see it's 8 even groups of triplets so consistency is the key. Getting it up to speed isn't too difficult with a bit of practice as the legato will mean you don't have to over pick the phrase. One important thing to mention is adding a slight palm mute with your picking hand. This will control any excess string noise and instantly clean up any distorted legato runs you play.

Have fun with this one guys! Happy shredding!

Download tab here.

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By Chris Zoupa

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    Mr. Zoupa, here's what I hate about you. You are a doppleganger for my brother and I hate to think that my brother is an incredible guitar player such as you whereas I suck and have sucked for 30 years with the 6 string. But seriously, I secretly love you and your lessons. Thanks for continuing to share your awesomeness with us veteran nubes.
    Chris Zoupa
    If you want a free Skype lesson email me at learnthatsolo@gmail.com. I love people that hate me!
    I hardly ever comment on articles or even lessons, but I've been lurking for a long time and I just want to say thank you, really. You're very kind helping and teaching us!
    Hey Chris, thanxs for your lessons, they´re fun and help a lot. I´ve been working on the E Phyrgian exercise for a week, it took me 10 minutes the first time, now I´m down to 30 secs. Next week I´ll be shredding !!Can´t wait to star playing this one, love the song.
    Thanks for posting these amazing lessons. You do an excellent job teaching as well as playing.
    Yes. Great lesson and easy to follow! Now for the on behalf of the rest of us oldies, please do Chet atkins - Yakety axe=)
    Hey Chris, I just stumbled upon your Hate Mail vid on youtube. Pretty comical.
    Hey chris, why cant I do runs that fast (the ending one) ive been trying for a long time.
    Do I need to learn this solo to be a lead guitar player? Everybody says I do or if I can't play it I suck. So should I ?