Tony Iommi has always been known as one of the greatest hard rock/metal guitar riff writers on the planet and "Iron Man" is chock full of them.
The main riff to Iron Man definitely needs no introduction, but there are also some other mighty fine guitar riffs to sink your teeth into with this one. In the first lesson I will demonstrate how to play every single riff in the song.
Nothing is really difficult in the riff video lesson, just a bunch classic metals riffs that every guitar should know.
In the second lesson video I will break down Tony Iommi's main guitar solo note-for-note. It is here that the difficulty level is taken up quite a few notches. Even though a lot of the licks aren't very difficult to play, the speed and amount of continual licks coming one after another can make it quite a challenge to get the solo under your fingers at the proper tempo.
I have broken everything down for you though so you shouldn't have much trouble knowing how to practice it correctly phrase by phrase, until you can put them all together.
The last video consists of a note-for-note breakdown of the entire outro section including the solo. This particular solo isn't nearly as difficult to master as the previous solo. However, it does have quite a few very large bends you will need to contend with.
All-in-all, I would put this Iron Man guitar lesson series at around an intermediate level. The main solo does teeter on the intermediate/advanced side of things here or there, but if you are a lover of killer classic rock there should be no reason you can't try to learn the entire song note-for-note as long as you aren't an absolute beginner.
As always you shouldn't need to read any TAB to follow along with these video lessons. If you practice the solo phrases correctly, they should become memorized very quickly. If you are having trouble memorizing a particular section, I think you may be overdoing it a little. Just step back and practice smaller sections first before putting it all together. Your brain and fingers will thank you!!
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