Raw Talent Guitar wants everyone who has an interest in learning guitar to stay motivated, keep learning, and have fun of course. As for me, I wanted to learn guitar when I first heard Randy Rhodes amazing play on the Blizzard of Ozz album (ok, it was a cassette tape). There’s no better motivation for aspiring guitarists than to watch those who came before us and learn from their techniques.
In this spirit we give you the Friday Guitar Player of the Week – Randy Rhodes.
Randy started young and formed Quiet Riot with Kevin Dubrow (vocals), Kelly Garni (bass), and Drew Forsyth (drums). The band limped along, releasing two albums in Japan, when Randy was asked to audition for Ozzy Ozbourne’s new band. Famously, he got the gig on the spot when Ozzy listened to him tuning up and getting loose. He didn’t even get a chance to play.
The interesting part about Randy was his ability to mix classical and metal together in his own way – absolutely amazing play, as you can see in the clip. Randy died in a plane crash during a tour with Ozzy at the age of 25, and very little video exists of him unfortunately. For you beginners out there, Randy used a pretty simple mix of equipment and effects to get that great sound – don’t think its about the gear, its about the player!
Watch, and enjoy (look for another of our favorites in the video, Rudy Sarzo on bass)…