During a conversation with Music Radar, Zakk Wylde spoke about Ozzy Osbourne hiring Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck to appear alongside Wylde on guitar on the Black Sabbath singer’s upcoming solo album. He was questioned about the announcement that “came quite out of the blue.” Jimmy Page Reveals Who ‘Ruined’ Led Zeppelin Reunion
Zakk Wylde opens up on the question:
“The new Ozzy stuff is sounding great. And for sure, it’s an honor to play on a record with all my heroes. It’s pretty cool…
“I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I’ve always loved ‘Blow By Blow’ and ‘Wired,’ but honestly every record Jeff Beck has put out is amazing.”
During the same interview, he was asked if there have been new exercises or scales that he had been working on.
Here is what he said:
“I love my scales. I enjoy the running of the scales and warming up on different techniques.Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Ted Greene, and Jim Hall – all those jazz guys. I listen to players like that and try to emulate the licks, but maybe from a more pentatonic framework.Obviously when you play a solo, it’s always got to fit the song. You can’t just fit in licks because you learned them. It has to have context. I could never put anything jazzy in ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home,’ that flavor wouldn’t have fit the soup!”