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Black Sabbath Riff
Make all the notes ring for their full duration.
Use the palm of the picking hand to lightly mute the strings to stop any unwanted string noise.
Pick the eighth notes with downstrokes to get a heavier sound.
This Black Sabbath style riff is to show you some of the techniques used in the band’s music. Practicing exercises like this one is very effective way to learn more about a particular player, or a style of music. You will notice this riff covers some of the techniques from two of the band’s most popular songs.
The first part begins on the seventh fret on the sixth string, and moves to the tenth fret.
In bar two there is some quick movement from the twelfth to the tenth fret. Next, there is a similar back and forth movement on the fifteenth and fourteenth frets on the sixth string.
Measure five begins the pattern again in power chords. Use either the first and third fingers, or the first and fourth fingers for these chord shapes. The quick switching from the E5 to the D5 in bar six and the G5 to F#5 in bar seven is a bit tricky. Work to make these sections as smooth and clean as possible. Repeat measures one though eight twice.
Bar nine has a quick hammer-on, pull-off part starting on the third beat. You are looking to make all the notes equal volume though that section. You want to make sure your picked notes are not louder than the non-picked notes. It may be a good idea to loop measure nine until you get comfortable with that part.
Bar thirteen to twenty is a repeat of measures one through eight. The whole thing ends with a B5 chord on the seventh fret.
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