Heaven And Hell Guitar Lesson – Black Sabbath

In this Heaven and Hell guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this Black Sabbath classic in it's entirety.

The tuning is Eb tuning. That is, starting from the 6th string, Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb.

Tony Iommi plays some classic riffs in this one. The main riff that starts the song uses basic power chords, but is instantly recognizable.

The verse section doesn't really contain any guitar but it comes back in during the pre-chorus and chorus sections with a really cool single-note riff that is used quite a bit in the song.

The 2nd chorus is where things really start to take off for Tony with a short solo that leads to the bridge section. The bridge section contains some interesting chords that I will explain in detail.

After the bridge we are back to that single note riff again before Tony launches into his first solo. I will cover this solo note for note. There are lot of classic Iommi techniques in this one.

When then get to the outro section which uses basic chords, however they are arranged in a rather unorthodox way at first. The outro solo is also over this chord progression. This solo uses mostly E minor pentatonic (Really Eb minor because of the tuning), and E natural minor scales. I don't go through this one note-for-note though.

Then we get to that really cool acoustic outro section. I will demonstrate the arpeggio part note-for-note then detail the seven notes that are used for the improvisation over it.

Have fun with this classic!


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Heaven And Hell Guitar Lesson - Black Sabbath


  1. rich sele on April 27, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    This was a great lesson Carl.

    I’d love to see some Cinderella sometime! Coming Home or Falling Apart at the Seams would be classics! Thanks for all you’re doing. Love your site.

  2. David Abrams on May 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Classic song Carl, with heavy melodic riffs that will forever haunt my very core. This is a great song to get under my fingers as well as teaching me the rhythm and patience to slow down and sustain. Thanks for doing all that you do, Carl. Your lessons continue to challenge and motivate my progress and the results are now in my playing.

  3. brian lima on June 30, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Hey Carl I wanted to ask if you could do the song Black Sabbath Your lessons are great and super helpful

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