Iron Man Guitar Lesson – Black Sabbath

In this Iron Man guitar lesson video series, I will teach you how to Black Sabbath's metal classic note-for-note.

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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Iron Man Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - All The Riffs

Iron Man Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Main Solo

Iron Man Guitar Lesson Pt.3 - Outro Solo


  1. James Patrick Dickinson on February 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks! Great lesson, Ironman is one of my guilty pleasure songs, and the lesson brought all the different riffs into better focus.

  2. ronnie sampson on January 8, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    carl is there a chance you could do a lesson on bad to the bone .

  3. jurgen zoller on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 am

    thanks for another great lesson carl,

  4. Dustin Zaitz on December 16, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Carl your the only instructor i trust on the internet! Wikipedia of guitar lessons.
    I would love to see you do a video on
    Into the Void by Black Sabbath.

    Thanks Carl

  5. Francois Periard on March 4, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I will to come a member , the video are perfect . before I need to know if you have the tab go with the video

    • Carl Brown on March 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Sorry Francois, I can’t provide TAB to most of the song lessons due to international copyright restrictions.

      If you become a Premium subscriber, you would get access to my Premium lessons and guitar courses. All of those lessons comes with TABS when needed. 🙂

      But the song lessons would still remain without TAB.

  6. Alex Voutinopoulos on May 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you sooo much for these lessons, you are doing amazing work 😀

  7. Ranak Madan on April 27, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Can you also do Voodoo by Black Sabbath? Thats my favourite song from them. Listen to the song, and you will agree its good.

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