Classic Iommi – Paranoid

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Black Sabbath an influence on much modern Rock and many many guitarists

This video just gives a demonstration of Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath’s classic Paranoid. A staple of Metal since the early 1970s Black Sabbath burst on the scene and one of their biggest hits and one of their most famous is of course Paranoid. Birmingham’s very own Tony Iommi is an extremely talented player, his soloing (as heard at the Commonwealth Games no less) is phenomenal but of course he is very well known for being the “Riffmeister” due to the amount of memorable and catchy “riffs” he has come up with during his long career. Paranoid has some power chords of A C and G in there – as the video demonstrates and then an A F G interlude. An ideal starting place for the beginner to learn a simple but classic and effective rock riff.

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REM- Everybody Hurts – Lesson Notes

Lesson Notes – REM-Everybody Hurts with sound file(link attached)

Playing Notes:This is in 6/8 (or ¾) the best counting is 1,2,3 4,5,6 …..
For each D chord and G chord as below it is 6 notes at a time.

We then move onto a G major pattern but we skip over the A and D strings and it is best (to be accurate with the record) to get both 3rd fret placed down on the top B and E strings.

This section of music repeats x 2 times.

First chordal pattern x 2 , D major to G major

The first six notes are the D major chord arpeggio, in other words the yellow highlighted open D string is the start again of the pattern (the second set of 6 notes)..


On the third run through we come to the variation…
this is where we have a descending passing note on the second set of G major arpeggio….. We do a 3rd fret bottom string on E then play open D and G strings, then play 2nd fret (F#)bottom string and play open D and G strings….



Then let ring the E minor and A chords

we then just let ring an E minor chord…for 6 beats….count 1,2,3,4,5,6……then A chord (count 1,2,3,4,5,6) then play Em again (6 beats) and A again (6 beats)…..pause…..then back to the beginning…….


Pause for about 6 beats (no music)…then….go back to the beginning

And here’s the Sound file example for the Lesson Lesson File  >>>>>>>

Sound File for Lesson