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Easiest Black Sabbath Song to Play on the Guitar?

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  • Easiest Black Sabbath Song to Play on the Guitar?

    Peace of Mind, though even that is by no means easy!

  • #2
    Electric Funeral. It helps there is no solo.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Icy Sun View Post
      Electric Funeral. It helps there is no solo.
      The riffs in the double tempo section might be hard for a beginner at the correct tempo though.

      I'd say the easiest is Paranoid, atleast the rhythm guitars. Sweet Leaf is really easy too, aside from the solo and the repesting lick before it.
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      • #4
        Paranoid would certainly get my vote. Unless you count the first half of Black Sabbath.
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        • #5
          I say Paranoid. It was the first one I learned. But i loved that song. I always played it in every band I was in.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by axeman_12656 View Post
            Paranoid would certainly get my vote. Unless you count the first half of Black Sabbath.
            And unless you don't count the complete riff of "Black Sabbath." Nailing that hammer-on he does the second time through the riff is not going to be possible for a beginner.
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            • #7
              N.I.B. is maybe a bit tricky but I remember that the solo wasn't that hard. Can't play neither the riff or solo today though ^^
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              • #8
                Hand Of Doom is basically the riff over and over until the middle section. Also, as far as deeper cuts go, The Writ is surprisingly easy, although the amount of layering on the studio version makes it hard to recreate ALL of the guitar parts faithfully. Overall, I agree that Electric Funeral is probably the easiest.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                  And unless you don't count the complete riff of "Black Sabbath." Nailing that hammer-on he does the second time through the riff is not going to be possible for a beginner.
                  Now I agree with that. When I learned it I practiced over and over til I nailed. it. But til this day I still hear many including professionals get this riff wrong. Even Dave Mustaine plays it wrong on the Sabbath Tribute nativity in black.

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                  • #10
                    Hole in the Sky

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                    • #11
                      Critics first hearing Sabbath, mainly the 1st three albums dubbed them "dim witted", "basic, simple music", "slow and dumb...", these views naturally galled at Iommi, they didn't know what to make of this new kind of "music" ... and didn't understand the intricisies of what Iommi was doing... to get the full sound, the chord vibrato, the 5th chords, power chords... no one played like this before... even Page was mainly a heavy blues player, playing style, Sabbath took Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love and made a catalog of songs out of the style... Purple was heavy because of Jon Lord's organ, not Blackmore's guitar, Blackmore played 4ths, plucking 2 strings...without the accompiament of the heavy organ, 4th's sound frail in comparison... Iommi's strong wrists and huge workingman's hands allowed him to grip the neck like like a vice and never let up on the suffocating heaviness of his music, all played with a melodic riff style that would set the stencil for everything metal and heavy to come... having such a close musical feel with his equally pioneering bass player formed the fameous "wall of sound" ...most players played Paranoid the wrong way, from the 7th fret when in fact Iommi plays it from the 12th fret... another reason most guitarists don't sound like Iommi when they try playing Sabbath stuff.

                      Easiest Sabbath song to play..? I don't know if any truly are if played the correct way...
                      Last edited by Wicked Cricket; 12-26-2013, 08:56 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                        And unless you don't count the complete riff of "Black Sabbath." Nailing that hammer-on he does the second time through the riff is not going to be possible for a beginner.
                        I agree and would like to add that the timing is pretty tricky for a beginner as well. The first 2/3's of the song Black Sabbath is based all around timing.
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                        Before it's begun
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by thewizard View Post
                          Hole in the Sky
                          I can't play the chorus riff to save my life.
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                          • #14
                            This thread has nothing to do with the Ozzy era, and belongs in the Musicians Corner.

                            http://www.black-sabbath.com/vb/show...tention-dammit!
                            Last edited by Now in Darkness; 12-26-2013, 10:20 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Definantly FX
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