Randy Rhoads

No one did more to bring the classical aesthetic to mainstream metal than the late, great Randy Rhoads, whose epic Vivaldi- and Paganini-esque solos on Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums marked the golden age of baroque shred.
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Of course, Rhoads’ acoustic side was equally hypnotic. Directly inspired by Leo Brouwer’s “Etude VI” from Estudios Sencillos, Rhoads’ layered intro to “Diary of a Madman” is an alluring, arpeggiated exploration of A major, A minor, and everything in between. (Tip: The grids show you each chord shape you’ll need to fret.)