Angus Young (AC/DC) Style Solo


This solo was a lot of fun to play, and that’s certainly the feeling you get from any of Angus Young’s solos. He doesn’t play with much subtlety, but his exciting, raucous, balls to the wall style is hard to fault.

This solo is pretty much a Pentatonic affair and uses both B Major and B Minor Pentatonic Scales. It relies on some classic Blues Rock phrases, plus a couple of hints towards Angus’ early hero, Chuck Berry, particularly in bars 2 and 3. The hardest part is probably bars 10 and 11 – sextuplets at 125 BPM is no mean feat, especially seeing as the phrase seems more suited to 16th notes than sextuplets, so you may find timing an issue. The way I got around it was by consciously aiming to land on the first note of every other sextuplet, and the notes in between seemed to fall into place.

Keep the vibrato fast and wide, inject plenty of feel and energy, and above all, have fun!

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Angus Young (ACDC) Style Solo

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