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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
  correct pitch.

  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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