The famous intro riff to Paranoid has always been part of my warm up routine before practicing. I never got further than that so I figured it was about time I made an effort to actually learn this killer song.
On the surface it looked easy enough, with just a handful of power chords throughout the song. But man, am I glad the song is under three minutes because that downpicking is pretty fatiguing.
Then there’s the solo, which is textbook E minor pentatonic. But it has everything you want: increasing speed, bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs and a run though the different positions. Overall I’m pretty happy with the result, but what you don’t see are the 347ish takes (and a lot of swearing) that preceded this final one.
Great song and quite a workout that’s for sure. Pretty impressive playing on the solo too, you sounded amazing. I’ll remind myself next time when I’m at the 312th take for whatever I’m learning that in just a few more takes I’ll have it!!!
All right!! That sounded tight and on point, my friend! Fantastic tune to cover and you’ve nailed it!
I’ve tackled this a couple of times in the past and always found the intro a little tricky (despite looking fairly simple) and the solo I’ve never been able to get up to speed (probably only 85-90% at best) so big respect! Nicely done!!