Song Analysis: Iron Man


  • I chose this song because this is one of my favorite songs and I thought it would he easier than some other songs I like.

Song Analysis

COMPOSER(S)Black Sabbath:
Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Ozzy Osbourne
Bill ward
If you could work on this song (change it), what would you change and why?I would change the solo I personally am not super interested in super speedy and not much dynamic solos but then I am also not very good at playing them
What is the song GENRE?rock
What is the song KEY?E minor
What is the song TEMPO?72 BPM
What do you like about the RHYTHM?it is slow and each chord is soooo powerful. They are called POWER CHORDS for a reason.
What do you like about the ARRANGEMENT?I know some people might not like this but the whole song is based around that one main line. The lyrics, drums, base everything is based around it.
What do you like about the MIX?I don’t know much about mixing but it kind of feels outlandish or primal a bit but then some parts don’t. I am not rally sure
What do you like about the TIMBRE of some or all of the instruments?it is incredibly distorted and beastly. But then Ozzy Ozsbournes voice is almost the opposite so it gives it some nice contrast. Also the correct version of how to play the song or atleast how Tony Iommi plays it it is on the low E string instead of A which it could be easily played like that. Since it is on the low E string it makes it just that bit darkerr.
What do you like about the PITCH of some or all of the instruments or vocals?I like personally that it is not a high pitch song except for the solo.
Are there particular TRACK(S) that stand out?One thing that I do love about Tony Iommi’s solo’s is that he multitracks the guitar so it is really spacy and kind of dramatic and clustered while feeling everything is going the way it is supposed to if ya know what I mean
Finally, what do you like about the overall COMPOSITION?Me playing electric guitar and more on the rock side of electric guitar the composition is just perfect for me. Tony Iommi is probably the reason I play guitar but also Kurt Cobain

“A song is a musical composition intended to be performed by the human voice. This is often done at distinct and fixed pitches (melodies) using patterns of sound and silence. Songs contain various forms, such as those including the repetition and variation of sections.”

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