Announcement: Releases “Rhythm Guitar Lesson - How to Play the Guitar Riff From Paranoid by Black Sabbath”

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In this guitar lesson, now available on, Silvio Gazquez teaches the classic intro riff of “Paranoid” by the legendary Black Sabbath. TAB’s for this lesson are available at

A “riff” is the catchy part of a song that sticks in your head. One of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time is “Smoke on the water” by Deep Purple.

In this rhythm guitar lesson, Silvio demonstrates one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time. The riff is very simple and can be mastered by even the most novice of aspiring guitarists in a matter of minutes. This riff is based on the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings and uses hammer-on and pull-off techniques. Starting at the 12th fret of the 6th string, Gazquez bars his index finger across the 6th and 5th strings. Then he strums both strings and hammer-on the 14th fret of the 5th string with his 3rd finger. This sequence is done three times and then followed with a lick consisting of fretting the 12th fret of 5th string and hammering the 14th fret and then doing the same lick on the 4th string and then repeating it again on the 5th string, and then finally fretting the 12th fret of the 4th string and then the 14th fret of the 5th string. This entire sequence is played a total of four times.

Silvio Gazquez is a native of Argentina and began studying guitar at the age of 14. At age 18 Silvio moved to La Plata to study classical guitar at Bellas Artes University. After three years Silvio left to pursue the electric guitar on his own. In 2008 Gazquez was chosen as a finalist for the Guitar Idol contest, but was not able to make the trip, but was chosen to participate on the Guitar Idol compilation CD. Silvio’s instructional DVD “Virtuoso Guitar Secrets” is available through

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