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In The Style of Angus Young (AC/DC)
part 3

Lesson Sample mp3

Lyle: In this lesson you're going to learn how to play the Lesson Sample. It sounds like a song Angus wrote and recorded but it's just something I made up "in his style" in the key of B. You'll start off by learning the intro riff. I've broken it into 2 parts:

Lyle: Use your thumb and 2 fingers, index and middle of your right hand. I tuck my pick into my fingers like this:

pick grip

Lyle: Here's the 2nd half of the intro riff:

Lyle: Both parts together look like this:

intro riff

Lyle: After you have learned the intro riff, try playing along with me using this jam track:

Looping Sound Clip 1

Lyle: The next part is 3 power chords:

power chord riff

Lyle: Try alternating between the intro riff and the power chord riff as you play along with this jam track which is just drums and bass.

Looping Sound Clip 2

Sisinnio: Can I use alternate strums?

Lyle: I like all down strokes for power chord riffs like this.

Lyle: Next is the solo from the Lesson Sample. Angus uses the minor pentatonic most if the time when he plays solos. This groove is in the key of B, so the B minor pentatonic scale is where we'll find the notes to make up a solo with. Learn these patterns now:

Lyle: Use this next jam track as you learn these solo riffs, it has both rhythm guitar parts in it:

Looping Sound Clip 3

Lyle: You're going to put all of these riffs together to make a complete solo.
I've broken up the solo in small little pieces so it's easier to learn. Here's the first riff:

solo - riff 1

solo - riff 2

Lyle: Notice the heavy, fast vibrato on many of the sustained notes. Very much a strong technique of Angus.

solo - riff 3


solo - riff 4


solo - riff 5

Lyle: This next riff is where you change positions on the neck, but you're still in the B minor pentatonic.

solo - riff 6


solo - riff 7

Lyle: And the final riff to make a nice ending for the solo:

solo - riff 8

Lyle: All of these riffs put together look like this:

Lyle: Here's a video of the whole solo too:

solo - full

Lyle: He may not be the fastest guitar player out there, with the most diverse tone, but he sure knows how to play blues/rock guitar as good as anyone!

Lyle: That's all for this lesson. If you would like further study on this topic or any other topic, email me at 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

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