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In The Style of Angus Young (AC/DC)
Lyle: In this lesson I'd like to show you a
simple 3 chord groove, much like what Angus would play. I'm going to show you several variations
of this rhythm groove, all of which would be in the style of the mighty
Angus. First, check out the 3 simple chords
you'll be working with:
The 5th string is muted with the tip of your thumb in the next chord:
D over F#
Teacher: Next, the open G
chord uses all 4 fingers:
Lyle: For the next series of tab files you'll
use this jam track to practice each rhythm riff example:
Sound Clip 1
Lyle: Listen to this next tab file using these
rhythm riff 1
Lyle: Now I'll show you variations of rhythm
riffs with just these 3 chords:
Lyle: After you have learned all of these
rhythm riffs, compare them to each
other. Try to memorize all of these riffs or
just the ones you like the best, then play them along to the jam
track. They all have that classic AC/DC sound.
It's the way Angus plays them. Not too much distortion
Lyle: Let's look at a few classic Angus lead
riffs. You'll be working in the key of A minor,
so the A minor pentatonic scale is the one to use, just like Angus
Also, another jam track like the one you were using, but this one with a guitar
Sound Clip 2
Lyle: I'll send up a series of small Angus
Style riffs, then you'll put them together for a little
solo. Here we go with lead riff 1:
Notice the fast vibrato like I talked about in lesson part
Let's put all 5 riffs together like
solo riff 1
Lyle: And there you have it, many simple
variations of rhythm riffs in the Angus style and a simple solo that you put
together with typical riffs he would use like the fast vibratos on the bending
riffs, and the descending pentatonic riff at
the end of the little solo. These are all fairly simple riffs. Try to copy the
sound of them just like how I played them and you too will get that Angus
How long did it take you to develop a decent vibrato? I've been working on it
for 4 months with little results.
Rich, it can take time. All my favorite guitar players have good vibrato. Listen to your favorite guitar
players and try to hear their vibrato, then try to copy a few of their
Tonehound: Is the distortion from an effects box or from
Lyle: Tone, I use a Rocktron
Voodu Valve pre-amp for
all my tone and fx for these recordings. Angus just uses the amp, no
Angus doesn't use any pedal effects?
Lyle: Larry, nope, just guitar straight into a
Marshall. That's what I do when I play live with
my band, a Les Paul straight into a
and Marshall JMP50w
Lyle: Here's me with my LP and
Marshall at a small club gig.
speezer: Angus likes an SG, right
Lyle: Yes, Angus always plays
an SG guitar by
Lyle: Well I better go, hope you found a few
new riffs to work on this lesson!
That's all for this lesson.
If you would like further study on this topic or any other topic, email me at
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next lesson. - Lyle
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