Ozzy Osbourne – Mr. Crowley Video Guitar Lessons

In this Mr. Crowley guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this incredible Ozzy Osbourne song featuring one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, Randy Rhoads.

"Mr. Crowley" is one of the great Randy Rhoads' shining moments. The solos showcase not only jaw dropping technique, but a sense of melody that few guitar players in any style can attain. His solos in "Mr. Crowley" are like complete musical compositions by themselves.

He incorporates many of his signature techniques like rapid-fire pentatonics, incredibly melodic legato arpeggios, and fast trills to create a mesmerizing and stunning performance.

Every note of "Mr. Crowley" including the solos and all of the rhythm guitar parts will be covered. For the bridge, which consists of some harmony guitar lines on the original recording, I have decided to play what Randy did live, which is a fantastic arrangement of the overall harmony but played on just one guitar.

I will also start the lesson with a quick and relatively easy to play guitar arrangement of the opening keyboard solo.

Randy Rhoads had such a well structured playing style that you can easily make sense of what he is using to create his guitar parts and try to apply those techniques and concepts to your own playing.

There is just such a wealth on info you can glean for Randy Rhoads' playing, and learning one of his most signature tunes "Mr. Crowley" is a great way to learn from one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Good luck!! 😀

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Mr. Crowley Guitar Lesson - Ozzy Osbourne


  1. Juan Chaurant on January 5, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Carl, great lessons, how do you organize your time? Betwen classical and electrical guitar? Sorry for my bad english, i don´t speak it.

    • Carl Brown on January 6, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Hey Juan, your English is great!

      At this point, I don’t really organize my time between classical and electric. I feel that I have the technical ability to play almost anything I would want to play on electric so I don’t practice it much. Doing the electric guitar lessons for this site is a great way for me to keep my electric guitar chops together.

      All of my guitar practice is dedicated to the classical at this time. But if I were trying to practice both my only suggestion would be to practice classical first in the day then electric second. The reason for this is because electric guitar can do a number on your calluses and also scuff up your fingerpicking nails as well.

      So a good routine would be, first determine how long you can practice everyday. Let’s say 2 hours total.

      Spend an hour in the morning practicing classical then take a break and practice electric later in the afternoon or evening.

      Obviously if you have more time than that just add it to both. 🙂


  2. w rodgers on August 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Hey Carl, new member here. Just starting to play again after ten or so years into my twenties playing along to Led Zep albums (yes, vinyl, with scratches at the start of each solo…). I guess JP was my first guitar teacher. Loved Randy Rhoads and had tix to see him …. two weeks after his death. But being self-taught, concentrating on minor pentatonic/blues style and not straying out of that comfort zone, I couldn’t figure out much of his playing due to limited theory background. Sadly, I sold my 60’s Les Paul Custom (identical to Mick Ronson’s: http://forums.colts.com/topic/40716-finally-found-mick-ronsons-ziggy-stardust-guitar/) which was one of the saddest days of my life and the end of my playing, Part 1. Now many years later for Part 2 I’m picking it up again, Only problem is that I used to have speed. Not so much now. Which is why I’m grateful that you posted Mr. Crowley lessons since I never had the courage to try it when I actually could channel my inner-Randy in real time. Your lesson is great, but you didn’t mention the athletic ability to fly at Randy speed! I recall that when learning to play as a 13-year old playing for my church’s youth group band, Exodus…, Free Bird was on the set list so to learn it I played to that song over-and-over for hours to build up speed (until my parents almost evicted me!). Yes, I’m starting to do some drills to turn back the clock. Any suggestions on what drills to practice? By the way, if you are a kid looking for his first electric guitar, it helps if you have parents whose ears perked up when the Thoroughbred sales guy mentioned the name Les Paul. Mom insisted on making that my first, and only, axe. Thanks, and sorry for the long post. Ward.

    • Carl Brown on August 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Hey Ward, did you check around the site for technique exercises? There are many hundreds on this site to practice to get your chops back into shape.

      In my Premium lessons there are also a couple of complete guitar technique courses, one of which is an alternate picking course that will really get you back up to speed and then some. 🙂


  3. Ian Jones on February 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Lol I finally reached the end. It took me 4 weeks to learn this due to being extremely busy at work doing long hours, plus when I practiced most days, I still organized my time between actual practicing and learning this song, so I chipped away at it little by little each day. There are songs I learnt in a day solos included, so the fact I’ve been so busy and learnt this masterpiece over time makes it seem a lot more worth while.

  4. Richard Rooney on September 16, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Hi Carl , great lesson
    I was wondering if you know why no one has any lessons for the interlude (harmony) part that Rhandy does live.Its mostly on the top frets and hes mostly has a chord shape.
    I find it really intersting.

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