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Teacher - Lyle
topic: Randy Rhoads style
Lyle: Combining classical music with heavy
metal guitar techniques was a signature style of the late Randy Rhoads. From
only two recordings with his original band, Quiet Riot, and two with ex-Black
Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, Randy reached legendary status in a very short
time. In this lesson you'll learn a few of Randy's signature licks and
Lyle: Listen to the lesson licks sample to
hear a few of the licks covered in this lesson.
Lyle: The palm-muting technique is a key
element in the heavy metal style. Using this technique will help you achieve a
tighter, more percussive sound.
Lyle: Simply rest your picking hand on the
bridge and use the heal of your hand to slightly mute the bass
Lyle: Here's a video clip showing where to put
Lyle: Hold your pick tightly and while you're
muting the string, strike hard with your pick.
Lyle: I suggest you angle the pick downward as
you pick down and up. Here's another view of how I hold the pick for palm
pick grip 2
Lyle: Notice in the pictures and
video clip how the heal of my hand covers the bridge.
?so the pick is actually somewhat sideways not flat on
Lyle: yes, angled down
Lyle: Here is a palm-muting example at a slow
speed. Try to emulate this sound on your
Here's a second example at a faster
Load this jam track now and try palm-muting the open 5th string (A) using what's
called a 16th note rhythm pattern.
Looping Sound Clip 1
Lyle: Listen to this sample of me playing
along to the jam track.
16th note palm muting sample
Lyle: Let's add chords to this technique.
You'll barre the 3rd and 4th strings at the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th frets to
produce the power chords - A - B - C -
Lyle: Here's a tab and video clip of this
Lyle: Palm-mute just the open A (5th) string
notes, and then lift up your picking hand to strike the chord. Don't mute the
chord, just the open notes on the 5th
Lyle: Try this lick along to the jam
Lyle: These chords are built from the A minor
scale. You'll be learning licks based from this groove.
Lyle: Some of the best licks in rock guitar
come from the "blues" scale. Here's a common pattern for the "blues scale in
The minor blues scale is just like the minor pentatonic scale, but with a
flatted 5th added. 1 - b3 - 4 - b5 - 5 -
Lyle: Now you'll add a lick to the ending of
lick 1. It's a series of pull-offs on the 3rd, 4th and 5th strings. Here's a tab
and video clip example at slow speed.
lick 2 slow
Lyle: You'll pick the 4th fret note and
pull-off to your 1st finger, then pull-off to the open string. Do this for all
three strings notated in the tab.
Lyle: Learn this lick and play it over and
over until you can play it real fast. you'll need it!
Lyle: Here's how you can combine lick 1 with
the pull-off lick you just learned. The only difference is at the end of the
lick. You'll start the fast pull-off section with a quick little
Lyle: Here's the tab and video clip.
Lyle: I warned you!
Lyle: Speed is a byproduct of
Lyle: Alternate your picking,
Lyle: Here's a similar lick higher up the
lick 3 slow
Lyle: After the initial hammer-on and
pull-off, palm mute the last 5 notes.
Lyle: Here's a tab and video clip of how this
lick sounds with the jam track.
Lyle: What's happening here in lick 3 is a
combination of guitar techniques, the palm muting of a droning string, chords,
hammer-on and pull-off technique and a scale run, all in one
sort of effects are you using?
Lyle: chorus, delay and
on your voodoo valve?
Lyle: yes, Rocktron Voodu
Lyle: You can find another variation of this
lick here in our next lick. Try playing this lick in place of the
Fast little pull-offs like these keep your riffs
Lyle: Play lick 4 fast. The example I sent is
a slow version.
Lyle: Notice that all these licks are still in
the same key we started in, A min.
Lyle: As you are learning these riffs, try to
play along to the looping jam tracks. It is important to play along. This will
help you build up your sense of timing and increase your speed with the
Lyle: Here's another version of the looping
jam track, but this time it has a background guitar in
Lyle: In the '80s, speed was a big thing for
guitar players. It really helped make an aggressive
Lyle: You'll need to be fast when executing
this next lick. The problem is getting your fretting hand up the neck quick
enough to place the lick at the end of the rhythm lick.
Lyle: Here's the tab file at a slow
Here's a video clip of me playing this lick along to the jam
Lyle: What you should do now is play lick 1
along to the jam track and then add licks 2 through 5 at the end of each pass of
lick 1. Here's an audio sample of me playing all the licks in
thru 5 sample
Lyle: Now you'll insert licks where you where
playing chords. You'll be inserting a "unison bend" with the 2nd and 3rd
Lyle: Put your 3rd finger on the 3rd string,
12th fret, and your 1st finger on the 2nd string, 10th fret. Then pick both
strings at the same time and bend the 3rd string up towards you a whole step so
that the pitch of the 3rd string now sounds in tune with the 2nd
Lyle: This is very complicated on paper but it
really isn't that hard. Here's a tab and video clip of this
Lyle: Check out lick 6 using this technique.
You'll be palm muting the open 5th string the whole time.
Here's a variation to add to lick 6, this time using the 1st and 2nd strings.
Notice the fret distance has changed between the strings of the unison
Play licks 6 and 7 back to back with the jam track. Here's an audio sample of
what this would sound like.
sample for licks 6 and 7
Lyle: Anyone know what kind of guitar RR used
during the Ozzy days?
paresh: les paul custom
Lyle: yes, jacksons and LPs
randy rhoads guitars
Lyle: that's about all the time we have
Lyle: Thanks for coming
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