Difficulty: Level IILevel II
Length: 12:56
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With our guitar tutorial on Crazy Train, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • Alternate picking
  • Power chords
  • Syncopated plucking

Crazy Train is an all-time classic song by Ozzy, which has a super lead guitar line. This electric guitar lesson is pretty long since Crazy Train is a fairly complex piece. You’ll learn power chords that they play in the intro, as well as all of the signature riffs they play during the song.

The really interesting parts of the Crazy Train guitar riffs come when you start learning the timing and rhythm of the plucks. Heavy metal songs require a semi-advanced level of timing since you’ll be plucking the strings in a very distinctive rhythm, which actually gives the song its unique quality.

All in all, this is a great beginner guitar song that you’ll love to play if you are into heavy metal and hard rock. And of course, besides playing one of the great classics of hard rock, you’ll also be learning power chords, alternate plucking, and effective timing, all of which will really advance your technique.

Crazy Train song details

Crazy Train was written by Ozzy, the late Randy Rhoads (who died already a rock legend at the young age of 25 in 1982), and Bob Daisley.

It was recorded live in 1981 and first released as a single in February of ’87, then on the album Tribute in March of the same year. This was actually Ozzy’s first single as a solo artist, after splitting with Black Sabbath.

The song is an all-time rock classic, with great guitar riffs. It has been covered by tons of bands, and is a song in the video game Guitar Hero III 🙂

Crazy Train awards and chart rankings

  • Guitar World Magazine - Greatest Guitar Solo Ever: #9
  • VH1 – 40 Greatest Metal Song: #9
  • UK: #49

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