If you want to challenge your fretting hand, this is the song for you! The notorious opening riff is extremely hard to play and perform as it requires a very consistent fretting hand, doing legato lines up and down the neck. Thomas walks you through it nice and slowly, as well as the rest of the track and the solo.
The opening riff, which is super cool, is quite simply two single string arpeggios followed by a cool run on the B string using the B mixolydian scale. Here are those arpeggios and scales:
There are a lot of riffs throughout the song, which Thomas walks you through in the lesson. It can get a little confusing as to when they come in, but the chords we are using are shown here, and the great news is that there are only
Thomas takes time to explain why this song is in the key of A mixolydian, rather than A major. The song really uses chords form teh key of D major (the D, G and A) but as the song revolves around A, this is the mixolydian mode of the D major scale. If this stuff blows your mind, you may want to check out this super cool theory course on modes: https://www.yourguitaracademy.com/courses/the-modes-part-one.
As with most of AC/DC soloing we are using both the Major and Minor pentatonic, just like we do in blues music! As Thomas walks you through, we are using shapes across the neck, so it's best to show you all the shapes across the neck of each key. Use the Angus Young licks to see how to beautifully blend the two!
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Songs don't get much better than this! Massive open chord riffs, amazing vocals and a fantastic guitar solo or two! Ollie takes you through how to play every part of this track, from the intro arpeggios to the epic lead guitar solo. Enjoy!