In these War Pigs guitar lesson videos we will be taking a look at all the riffs and solos that make up this classic Black Sabbath track.
In the first video I will concentrate on just the riffs. Some of the more interesting aspects of these riffs involve a chromatic power chord progression, quick shifts, syncopated rhythms and much more.
I will break each one those down as we get to them in the video, but let me summarize it a little bit first.
In the first riff we have a quick shift followed by those aforementioned chromatic power chords. Perhaps the most difficult part of this riff is the fact that you always have to end it with a fill then quickly jump back into a fast power chord shift after that.
In the second riff we have to grab a triad at the 12th fret then slide it down quickly to make it down to the 2nd fret for the rest of the riff. Within this riff we also have a syncopated rhythm using a quarter note triplet. I suggest listening to this part of the song a lot just so you can feel the rhythm without having to think about it too much. This is 95% of the time the best way to learn an awkward rhythm.
The 3rd riff is pretty much an easier version of the 2nd riff so no worries there.
In these second video lesson I will show you note-for-note how to play Tony Iommi's great guitar solo. This solo has a lot going on as you will see. There is a section within this main solo that contains a bunch of guitar layers all performing different solos. It lasts for about two bars and in this part of the lesson I will show you just one of them. It would be impossible for you to completely recreate this section of the solo anyway. The rest of the solo will be note-for-note though.
In the third lesson I will take you through the instrumental section known as "Luke's Wall" that ends the song. All of the guitar work here is classic Tony Iommi with cool soloing and haunting guitar riffs so I definitely urge any rock/metal fan to learn as much from it as you can. 🙂
So have fun conquering these classic Black Sabbath riffs and solos from the great Tony Iommi!
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