Black Sabbath – Paranoid

paranoid ukulele riff
Paranoid midi

Black Sabbath are the only band to have two riffs in my top ten. Surprising, since I don’t even like them that much.

Whereas most riffs bludgeon their way into your subconscious through endless repetition, this one is played only four times at the opening of the song and not heard again. A testament of how strong it is.


Black Sabbath - Reunion - Paranoid

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  1. newbie September 30th, 2007 6:08 pm

    Great blog

  2. Woodshed September 30th, 2007 7:14 pm

    Thanks very much, newbie.

  3. scorpion February 6th, 2008 2:41 am

    pretty good only you should get some more uke riffs like the clash or something

  4. Guitar Riffs for Ukulele: Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody | Uke Hunt May 15th, 2008 6:00 pm

    [...] together. But for now you’ll have to content yourself with the riff. The BoRhap riff, like Paranoid, has managed to be one of the world’s most recognisable riffs despite hardly even being there [...]

  5. kurtuke April 27th, 2010 6:13 am

    so much fun to play. Please keep it up. :)

  6. chuck gonzalez January 17th, 2011 6:18 pm

    fanstastic..real easy to play and effective

  7. Maksym July 18th, 2013 12:19 pm

    How do you play it? Does your index finger lays on the first fret on both A and E strings or do you move it quickly?

  8. Woodshed July 19th, 2013 10:47 am

    Maksym: I just move my fingers but laying your finger across works as well. Whichever way you prefer.

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