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Learn Guitar Online, AC/DC - Three Tips For High Voltage Rock Guitar
For straight ahead rock and roll it's hard to beat AC/DC. Formed
in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young this band is
everything a good rock band should be.
AC/DC use solid time-tested musical principals to deliver 100%
high voltage rock, the energy is in the way they assemble the
musical raw materials, rather than the amount of sheer
Here's three tips to give you the very best sounding AC/DC guitar
Tip 1: Make sure to bend in tune
Bending notes on an electric guitar seems pretty straight
forward, just bend the sting and the job is done right? Not
really, very few guitarists actually bend their notes to the
Two guitarists who are particularly good at bending their notes
in tune are, Slash from Guns N' Roses and Angus Young from AC/DC.
Generally speaking, the modern guitarist is not trained to pay
attention to the intonation of the notes their are playing. Keep
in mind that the majority of modern guitarists could not tune
their guitar without an electronic tuner.
Imagine if you were playing an instrument such as a violin or
trombone where you didn't have frets to give you a predefined
When a guitarist bends a note it is really important that the
guitarist knows exactly how far to bend the note, they must know
the "sound" of the pitch they are bending to. Violinists learn to
do this right from the start.
Here's a good way to practice your bends, start by playing the
note "E" on the third string, ninth fret, let the note ring for
four beats, now play the note "F" on the same string tenth fret,
listen closely to the sound of the note as it rings for four
Next go back to the "E" note this time bending to the "F" note,
repeat this process of firstly playing the notes without the bend
and then bending to the "F", the idea is to "pre-hear" the note
you are bending to.
Another important point to keep in mind is to only bend with your
second or third fingers, use your first finger to assist your
second or third fingers when they are bending.
Tip 2: Thirds in the bass
Walk past any music store, anywhere in the world and you will
mostly hear either (a) "Smoke On The Water", (b) Stairway To
Heaven, or (c) Back In Black by AC/DC and you know what? You will
mostly hear these songs played incorrectly!
Why is this? These songs are some of the most common songs known
to guitarists of all ages and technical ability.
The answer is the quality of information, or should we say the
source of the information. How do the majority of guitarists
learn songs? Usually from either (a) guitar TAB or (b) from a
friend (who has usually learnt the song from a guitar TAB)... do
you see a trend here?
My point is ... it's important for you to develop your own ear by
playing the exact same sounds you are hearing on the recorded
versions of the sounds you want to play.
Let's take a look at "Back In Black" by AC/DC by the time most
cover bands get to the third chord they have lost their audience,
whereas AC/DC have their audience begging for more. Why is this
Here are two versions of the same song for you to study.
Back In Black- standard version:
E / D / | A / / /| etc ...
Back In Black - correct version:
E / D / | A/C# / / / | etc ...
notice the only change is with chord three in bar two, this chord
is an "A" chord with a third in the bass, in this instance a C#
in the bass.
The importance of this chord is that it creates tension in the
music that holds the attention of the audience.
The tension is created by the semitone movement between the "D"
note in chord two and the "C#" in chord three (A/C#).
Tip 3: Power chords on the middle two strings
Earlier I mentioned "Smoke On The Water" as being a song that is
often played incorrectly, Smoke On The Water utilizes high impact
power chords similar to AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long",
and George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone"
Guitarist's usually play these songs with power chords played of
the fifth and sixth strings whereas in reality AC/DC, George
Thorogood etc., play their power chords on the third and forth strings.
Example of standard "G" power chord played on the fifth and sixth
strings, the note "G" played on the sixth string, third fret plus
the note "D" played on the fifth string fifth fret.
In contrast AC/DC plays this chord as follows: "G" power chord
played on the third and forth strings, the note "G" played on the
third string "open" and the note "D" played on the forth string
Not only does this chord sound better in a band situation, it's
also easier to play!
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