“That record is such a wonderful thing for a beginner guitar player. The riffs are cool as hell and they're easy to figure out”: Tim Henson names the album that all aspiring guitarists should learn

Tim Henson
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Tim Henson has said learning Black Sabbath’s Paranoid by ear played a huge role in his development as an electric guitar player – and every beginner guitarist should take the time to study it.

The Polyphia string-botherer has turned the guitar world upside down with his brain-melting virtuosity and mind-blowing techniques, but he was once a young, inexperienced, and aspiring guitarist. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.