IN THE WORLD OF HEAVY METAL, HOT GUITARISTS ARE A DIME A DOZEN. Yet only a precious few stand the test of time and become enduring guitar gods. Randy Rhoads was one such player. Joining forces with singer Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, Rhoads burst onto the metal scene like a bolt from the blue. He was blessed with dazzling chops and an innate comprehension of music theory, and his style had a perfect blend of flash and melodic structure.
Flowing legato sections segued to impossibly fast, palm-muted picking passages; incendiary trills and daring chromatic maneuvers coexisted with classically influenced melodies—all of which were derived from a seemingly inexhaustible supply of scales and arpeggios and laid out across an ever-shifting rhythmic landscape. What's more, Rhoads was so precise that he could seamlessly double-track anything he played, for maximum sonic density.
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