Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train Video Guitar Lessons

In this video guitar lesson series we will take a look at one if the most popular classic rock songs of all time, "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.

The guitarist for this song is the late great Randy Rhoads, a legendary guitarist who brought so much to the guitar world and influenced countless guitarists after him, only to have is life cut tragically short after just a few years in the public eye.

"Crazy Train" contains some of Randy Rhoad's most beloved guitar parts from the classic main riff to the dazzling fills all the way through the solo which contains melodic tapping, trills and fast 16th note triplet runs to create one of the most legendary guitar solos ever written.

So go ahead and take a crack at learning this classic song and maybe you will be able to add a little bit of Randy Rhoads to your playing style. 🙂 Good luck!! 😀

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Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" - Full Song


  1. Danger on May 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hi Carl, great vids – better than any tabs I’ve seen!!
    I’ve been having a bit of trouble getting the blues lick/fill in Chorus 1 up to full tempo – that’s really fast! I was wondering if you could recommend an optimum picking pattern. Thanks!

  2. Danger on May 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Lol @ Carl – it’s been a couple weeks – was it a stupid question?

    I managed to solve it eventually. For anyone else who’s interested, here’s what I did. First, I tabbed it in Guitar Pro so I could use the Speed Trainer loop function. Then I tried dozens of picking patterns to see what would hold up at high speed. The song is at 138 bpm, and this lick is done in 1/16th notes, so you’re picking at 552 notes per minute – super fast. The middle section of the lick is best done with alternate picking – so the picking has to be as fast and clean as you can get it. The key is finding out your optimal string-crossing pattern when going from a lower string to higher string and back to the lower string. For me personally, the fastest way was up-down-up so that the pick stays between the strings for the most part. You can also try down-up-down (alternatively, you could try economy picking with down-down-up or down-up-up; but for me these would break down as I approached higher speeds).

    Once you’ve got that done, you’ve got to figure out an economy-picked approach to the first section that leads to the alternate picking pattern you’ve selected for the second part. The third and fourth parts are primarily legato.

    Finally, you’ve got to practice until you get it at full speed. It took thousands of repetitions to get there. The best way I found was to start real slow – about 50% speed – and move up in small increments (like 5-10% per day, or even less). At each speed, don’t just move on once you’ve made it at the current speed – continue practicing at the current speed until you can’t miss it. Eventually you’ll get there.

    Here’s the exact picking sequence that worked for me (following the notes Carl shows in the video):

    D = down
    U = up
    B = bend
    (b) = hold bend
    P = pull-off
    H = hammer-on

    Section 1 (first 3 beats of 1st measure):
    D-B-(b)-D D-U-P-U P-U-D-U

    Section 2 (4th beat of 1st measure and 1st beat of 2nd measure):
    D-P-U-D U-D-U-D

    Section 3 (beats 2 & 3 of 2nd measure):
    U-D-P-P H-H-P-H

    Section 4 (beat 4 of 2nd measure, 1st beat of return to chorus):
    P-H-P-P D

    Hope this helps anyone else trying this awesome song and lick!

  3. dave axe on October 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    thanks for that solution.I will try it out.Ive always stumbled at higher speeds when crossing strings.Ive sort of given up on serious metal lead playing because of that.The 3 note riff at 10:45 on this vid has driven me nuts,forever-my pickhand stumbles crossing the strings and i start fumbling the sequence of the notes.

  4. travis marchant on October 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Hey Carl,
    First, let me say I’m a big fan. I spend days watching your videos. I would say I’m between intermediate and advanced guitar player. Subscribed to all your stuff. Here’s my problem. I have been frantically searching for an accurate version of Perry Mason by ozzy. Zakk wylde plays on that track. There’s 2 parts of the solo that I haven’t seen anyone play note for note. It’s not even a very complex solo. I know you would have no trouble with it. It’s one of the very few songs that no one has a tutorial on (at least the solo). Please help!

  5. Matthew Ratliffe on March 8, 2016 at 9:22 am

    First, I would like to say thank you to all of your supporters and to you as well for making such a vast amount of material available to the community! Second, I would like to make an Acoustic lesson request, Black Label Society-Stillborn.

  6. Tony Salonia on September 3, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Carl, would you be able to share how you came up with the tone you used? The tone sounds pretty close to the original. Pretty impressive. Wondering if you use modeling software or just amp. Thanks.

    • Carl Brown on September 3, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Hey Tony, I wish I could detail what the settings were, but this video was shot almost 10 years ago so I have no clue. I have always used modeling processors for the video lessons, and all of my live work for the past 10 years for that matter. Around the time I filmed this I think I was using the old Line 6 POD X3 Live. I am now using their Helix. 🙂

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