Shot In The Dark Guitar Lesson – Ozzy Osbourne

In this Shot In The Dark guitar lesson video, we will take an in-depth look at one of the last Ozzy Osbourne songs that the great guitarist Jake E. Lee performed on.

There are a lot of cool guitar riffs in this one and the solo is full of flashy 80's guitar licks. Tons of fun!

Before we get started, you will need to get your guitar into a tuning that is quite unorthodox. Jake E. Lee used the following tuning starting from the 6th string (F Bb Db Gb Bb Eb). That tuning is basically the standard half-step down tuning used by many rock guitarists, however, in addition to the that, Jake E. Lee raises the pitch of the lowest two strings in order to help facilitate the playing of the guitar riffs.

You will see people play this in a more standard tuning, but it is more more difficult to play that way. What we are learning here is exactly how the song was recorded.

In the first video lesson, I will show you how to play all of those classic guitar riffs, along with any of the guitar fills that happen sporadically throughout the song. The riffs in "Shot In The Dark" can be pretty challenging. You will need move around pretty quickly and play some large stretches. One of Jake E. Lee's favorite techniques is using large stretches, so you can't really play his songs without coming upon some licks or riffs that require you to really spread those fingers out.

In the second video lesson, I will finish up the song by teaching you how to play the guitar solo. The solo has some very fast legato work and once again moves across the fretboard at very fast speeds.

There is also a cool arpeggio section of the solo which is followed by a rapid tremolo picked section. The tremolo section should be performed with your picking hand wrist and forearm as relaxed as possible. Make sure you use very small but relaxed movements. Those movements should come from the wrist.

So I hope you guys enjoy learning the Ozzy Osbourne classic! I would definitely say that it is one of my favorite Ozzy songs. 🙂


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Shot In The Dark Guitar Lesson - Pt.1 Riffs - Ozzy Osbourne

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  1. Ted McNicoll on April 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Brilliant Carl, can’t wait for the solo section. Thanks for clearing up the tuning question. I learned this song years ago but in standard tuning and you are correct it is a lot harder to play. Please keep up the fantastic work, I,m sure I speak for a multitude of people when I say this.

    Best regards

  2. Tom on February 19, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Great lesson! You got 10 bucks 🙂
    More Ozzy pls

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