In The Style of Angus Young (AC/DC)
Listen to the sample, it's what you'll be learning
in this lesson. It's all based around the key of
B. The sample starts with a "bag pipe"
riff, then several other rhythm riffs, followed by a solo at the
end. These are all riffs I made up that have
that Angus sound to them. After years of me listening and playing AC/DC songs,
their infectious grooves and riffs are just a part of my own sound. Let's begin learning all of these parts
one by one.
Lyle: The first riff you hear in the sample,
besides the bass guitar, is the "bag pipe" riff:
Repeat that riff along to this jam
jam - drums
You can also play that riff up an octave like this:
Sounds like bag pipes because of the open B string.
Lyle: Let's learn a few rhythm riffs that also
have that Angus sound. This first riff uses 3 chords up on the
rhythm riff 1
This first riff is to be played tight. Notice in the video clip I'm muting the
strings after each chord.
Lyle: Riff 2 uses the same chords, only
Riff 3 uses power chords:
Once you have learned and memorized the bag pipe riff, and the 3 rhythm riffs,
try playing them in any order against the jam track. Here's a jam track that has all the
riffs in it:
The bag pipe riff and rhythm riff 1 are being played at the same time during
this jam track, then alternate between riff 2 and riff 3, you'll
Lyle: You can use this jam track to learn the
Lyle: Ok, the solo is in Angus's favorite
scale - the minor pentatonic. Key of B minor for this solo. You're about to learn the solo from the
lesson sample at the top of this page.
In riff 1 you start a whole step higher than the root (B) and bend up just a
little bit, a half step or 1 fret worth. Very bluesy.
solo - riff 1
Lyle: Riff 2 has a very heavy and
fast vibrato on the last note.
solo - riff
Lyle: Riff 3 climbs the
solo - riff 3
Lyle: Riff 4 is a fast pull-off
lick. Here's a sample of what it is:
Notice the open B string again, just like in the "bag pipe"
riff. Play the pull-off riff real fast and
move it up the neck one fret at a time like this:
solo - riff 4
Notice the last notes of Riff 4 end on the root (B) note. You grab the 17th fret
which is an A note and bend up a whole step to B.
Lyle: Final riff:
solo - riff 5
See if you can string all 5 of the riffs together and play along to either jam
track. After you have studied all 5 of my
lessons on Angus, you'll have learned many of his familiar rhythm and lead
riffs. It will make it easier for you when you
try and learn their songs.
GeorgePrice: Anything special for the Angus tone?
Angus plays a Gibson SG straight into a
Marshall amp, no effects.
Lyle: Don't use very much
overdrive/distortion, just a little bit, use the bridge pickup on your guitar, and one more
thing....play it loud!
That's all for this lesson.
If you would like further study on this topic or any other topic, email me at
Lyle@theguitar.net for info on how you can get your own customized guitar
lessons like this using Riff Interactive technology. Your private lessons can be
downloaded to your pc for anytime, anywhere study. Thanks and see you at the
next lesson. - Lyle