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Randy Rhoads Style Diminished Arpeggios

FavoriteLoadingBookmark this Lesson. In this "Lick Of The Week" free video guitar lesson from GuitarLessons365.com you will learn how to play diminished arpeggios in the style of the great Randy Rhoads.

There are many ways to finger and pick these types of arpeggios. I have chosen a sweep picking pattern to play them to more closely achieve that Randy Rhaods sound.

Randy Rhoads used this pattern a few times in his solos. Most notably in his unaccompanied guitar solo during "Suicide Solution" on the live tribute album. By the way, if you don't have that album I highly suggest picking it up. I think it is Randy Rhoads at his absolute best!

The pattern is rather simple and shouldn't take long to grasp.  Then you just repeat it across different string sets. There are a few big stretches as well, but as long as you position your thumb on the back of the neck in the proper position you shouldn't have much of a problem doing the stretches no matter how long your fingers are.

Don't forget to download the free TAB PDF for this lesson so you can more easily follow the video lesson. Get it from the link below.

Randy Rhoads Style Diminished Arpeggios TAB PDF Download

Have fun with this one and good luck!!

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Randy Rhoads Style Diminished Arpeggios

6 Comments

  1. steveo on August 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Your Comments
    Yeah
    Sound good in country and Blues as well.
    If you play big E
    E string A to C
    A string Eb to F#
    D string A to C
    G string Eb to F#
    B string A to C
    E string Eb to F#
    Carl would need to explain this but this scale would work .
    but it sound good over f# dominate chords too.
    Triads
    A C EB
    C Eb Gb
    Eb Gb Bbb
    F# A C

    F#7
    F#A#C# E Drop the C# and still think triad.
    You lose the 5th in the C shape chord any way

    I was taught that you spell triads using just 7 basic triads all found in C major.
    Double flats and sharps are a part of music so they get used in some keys.
    The C major scale in triads
    C E G
    D F A
    E G B
    F A C
    G B D
    A C E
    B D F
    This was in grammar school but most triads will use only these notes any way so it a good idea to memorize them.
    Don’t see the screen well so there may be typos , sorry thank God I hear real good.

  2. Brian Odermatt on January 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I noticed for the shapes your fingering was 1st, 2nd, 4th.
    When I was learning this I felt more comfortable playing it 1st, 3rd, 4th.

    Should I be using 1st, 2nd, 4th or odes it not matter and is basically your own personal preference?

    By the way have just discovered the website and I LOVE IT.

    • Carl Brown on January 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Hey Brian, it is definitely a personal preference. Many players play it both ways, some switching to 1 3 4 higher up the fretboard then 1 2 4 around the larger fret areas.

      Whatever works for you is great. Paul Gilbert uses 1 3 4 throughout the entire fingerboard and no one can say he doesn’t know what he is doing. LOL… 🙂

      Thanks for watching my lessons!! Carl..

  3. Roderick Patterson on July 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    This is awesome! I’m a GIT GRAD FROM 89 BUT GAVE UP GUITAR TO RAISE A FAMILY. NOW IM BACK!!! JUST BUILT A MONSTER GUITAR BUT AM S WITH ING A PICKUP AND ADDING TREBLE-BLEED CAPACITOR FOR ROLLING DOWN THE VOL KNOB. What’s with the premium 365?

    • Carl Brown on July 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Hey thanks a bunch! The Premium lessons basically contain a lot of my guitar courses. If you go there you can see a list what sections and individual lessons are already in there even if you not a Premium subscriber.

      I will be adding many more every week to! 🙂

      Thanks a bunch for watching my lessons! Carl..

  4. Steven Daneker on May 23, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Hi Carl, was wondering,,,is there any way you could charge “by the lesson”?! For example, i want Comfortably Numb, especially the solo in your video and pdf ,but dont wanna get premium ACTUALLY have to get premium plus ,just for one song. I’ll glady donate if you could email me those,,if not i understand
    Thanks a million -Steve
    [email protected]

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