The Modes Of Randy Rhoads
Hey everyone, today I am going through 4 of Randy Rhoads most iconic solos.
Rhoads was Ozzy Osbourne’s original guitarist from 1980 to 1982 and he produced 2 landmark albums for rock guitar that people still discuss in hushed amazement.
In this lesson I am breaking down the modes and scales Randy used to get the sounds you hear him make and there are a lot!
If you would like the transcriptions to all 4 solos, you can send me a donation to my paypal [email protected] for any amount you think it is worth and I can send you the tabulature.
First up let’s look at the song Tonight off of the album Diary Of A Madman.
Tonight – E Ionian mode bars 1 to 3, bar 4 is E major pentatonic, bar 5 back to E Ionian changing in bar 6 to C Lydian (rhythm guitar hits the bVI chord borrowed from Em), back to E major pentatonic in bar 7 and ending on a return to E Ionian in bar 8.
Here are the modes/scales Randy is using in Tonight. Follow along with the video at the bottom of this lesson.
Believer – E minor pentatonic (bar 1-3) E Aeolian mode (bar 4), E Dorian mode (bar5), E diminished + Em triads (bar 6 and 7), (bar 8) symmetrical scales with E Aeolian and nods to E dorian, (bar 9).
Here are the modes/scales Randy is using in Believer. Follow along with the video at the bottom of this lesson.
Diary Of A Madman
Diary Of A Madman – bar 1 is A Hungarian minor with a b7 passing tone thrown in off the top. Bar 2 an Eb7 (tritone sub for A7) is followed by an E triad arpeggio with an added b9. Bar 3 is more A Hungarian with the inclusion of a b7. Bar 4 is a stock Am pentatonic scale ending on a half step bend on the major 3rd.
Here are the modes/scales Randy is using in Diary. Follow along with the video at the bottom of this lesson.
Children Of The Grave
Children Of The Grave: C# Aeolian (bar 137-138), C#m blues scale (bar 139), C#Aeolian with major 3rd at beginning of phrase (bar140-141), bar 142 is C# Hungarian minor (first 5 notes) then into C#Aeolian for bar 143 and 144.
Here are the modes/scales Randy is using in Children Of The Grave. Follow along with the video at the bottom of this lesson.
Here is the video component of the lesson:
Thanks for reading and I hope you got a lot out of this!