Randy Rhoads Crazy Train – Solo Fills
Solo Fill #1
Notes:Randy Rhoads used three distinctive guitar solo fills throughout Crazy Train. The following is the first of the three that Randy used. Played in the key of F# Minor while the bass guitar plays an F#. This first fill is based on the F# Aeolian mode with a flatted 5th (C) used as a passing note. Randy Rhoads often used Flat 5ths in his solos giving them more of a blues sound even when he wasn’t using pentatonic blues scales.
Solo Fill #2
Notes: Randy Rhoads used a single three note pattern that repeats chromatically one half step per repetition for this second of three guitar solo fills. Played in the key of F# Minor while the bass guitar plays an F#.
Solo Fill #3
Notes: Randy Rhoads used a riff that repeats chromatically, similar to the second solo fill, one half step per repetition.This is the last of three solo fills from the Crazy Train. Played in the key of F# Minor while the bass guitar plays an F#.
Randy Rhoads Guitar Solo
Notes: I don’t make the claim that this is an exact transcription of Randy’s solo, but this is the way I play it. I don’t suggest to students that they play every guitar solo exactly like the original, you should learn them as close as possible, but also add your own style to the mix. Anyone that has ever heard Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, or Zakk Wylde play this solo can tell you it sounds like them playing a Randy Rhoads solo instead of just a carbon copy. Each one of these guitarist has a unique style that comes through in everything they play, that’s what makes them great, and that’s the way it should be.
First, lets start by learning the rhythm that accompanies the guitar solo. The tablature below is for the rhythm that precedes the solo. In the actual recording it repeats twice. After the solo the same rhythm is repeated again.
The following tablature is for the actual rhythm that accompanies the guitar solo. I only tabbed out four bars since the same four bars are repeated a total of four times.
Crazy Train guitar solo accompanying rhythm audio example
Crazy Train guitar solo full audio example
Notes:In order to simplify things, I’ve broken the solo up into four sections, each containing four bars. This guitar solo from Crazy Train from the album Blizzard of Oz is played in the key of F# minor using the Aeolian mode with two exceptions. The first exception is in the first section in the third bar where Randy used the tremelo bar to raise and lower the pitch, (in this example I didn’t use the tremelo bar). The second exception is at the last riff of the fourth section where the F# pentatonic blues scale is used.
The first section uses mostly right hand finger taps combined with hammer-ons and pull-offs done with the left hand. This is a technique that was made popular by Eddie Van Halen and utilized by many of the metal guitarists of the eighties. The end of the section uses a common blues phrase that Rhoads often used along with his classical influence.
Audio Example Part #1 Slow
This next section starts uses more traditional techniques using more left hand hammer-ons and pull-offs with standard picking.
Audio Example Part #2 Slow
This section relies on left hand hammer-ons and pull-offs techniques with a standard blues based lick at the end.
Audio Example Part #3 Slow
The fourth and final section of this classic Randy Rhoads guitar solo uses alternate picking in the first bar and ends with a run using the F# minor pentatonic blues scale.
Audio Example Part #3 Slow