How to Play 3 Fun & Easy Beginner AC/DC Riffs (Vol 4)

Learn three more fun and easy beginner riffs by AC/DC in this fourth installment from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman, aka Uncle D. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction and you will be rockin’ these classic riffs tonight!

AC/DC riff 4.0


How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with bringing you this video lesson and today I’ve got three more cool easy riffs for you from AC/DC.

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So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at these.

AC/DC Riff-1 – Dog Eat Dog

All right so the first one we’re going to look at is Dog Eat Dog, it’s fairly easy. We’ve got three chords we’re going to be using for it. We’ve got E5; so I’m just using my first finger to barre the second fret of the A and the D string and then the low E string is open. And then we have A5; so it’s basically just the same thing, just move up to set of strings, so I’m just going to barre across the second fret of the D and the G string and the A string is left open, that’s A5. And then we have D5; so for this D5 if you just take the regular D chord which you probably already know, but we’re just going to eliminate this note on the high E string so we just got the open D, second fret of the G string and with my first finger and then the third fret of the B string with my third finger. All right so we start off we’ve got this E5 as an eighth note, this is the downbeat of one, so we have one and then we rest on the and of one. So one, and, and then on the downbeat of two we just hit the open low E string and then on the and of two we hit the A, so… Then the downbeat of three is the open A string and we pedal that… and then we have the D5 on the down beat of four and then we rest on the and of four, so that’s the first measure… Okay then on the second measure we rest on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we pedal that open low E; so that’s and two, and, and then we go to the D5 on the downbeat of three then the and of three we rest the downbeat of four we go to the A5 and then the and before we rest and that’s basically the entire riff… So it’s very easy, just the three chords and it’s not very fast, so it’s a great riff for beginners.

AC/DC Riff-2 – Bad Boy Boogie

All right so the next one we’re going to look at is Bad Boy Boogie. So with this one here we start off with A5, it’s the same a5 we were doing in the last one, we rest on the first two beats on the first measure, so it’s like one two three and four, so we do the four beats three and four it’s this A5 is eighth note, so three and four and that and of four is tied to the downbeat of the next measure so that fourth strum rings out twice as long and then on the and of one we hit that again and then we’re gonna do an A suspended four (Asus4). So what we’re doing is we’re still barring the second fret of the D and the G string, but we’re going to pick up the third fret of the B string… And then we go to C5 over A (C5/A); so we’re just going to come up and barre the fifth fret of the D and the G string with your third finger and you hit the open A string as well, then back to A5 and that’s like the first two measures… All right so as soon as we hit that and then we hit that again on the starting on the third measure we go back to that Asus4… back to the C5/A, back to A5 and then that’s where it kind of just starts over again and then just repeats that…

AC/DC Riff-3 – Evil Walks

All right so the last we’re going to look at is Evil Walks. So this one here we’re going to rest on the first three beats and then on the and of three we’re gonna hit E5, so it’s just the same E5 shape that we did in Dog Eat Dog. So we do this we strum it on the and of four or excuse me on the and of three and then we hit it on the downbeat of four and then that’s tied to the downbeat of the next measure… And then on the downbeat of two we’re going to play the second fret of the D string with your first finger and then for the and of two we go to the fourth fret of the G string and you want all these notes to ring over each other. So how I do it coming from the E5 is I just scoot my finger up, you could actually just barre all the way across if you want, but this is just how I do it, I move my finger up so my first finger is picking up that second fret of the D string, third finger goes to the fourth fret of the G string and second finger the third fret of the B string. So we hit this on two and, three and, four and then on the and of four it’s A over E (A/E); so your first finger you just take your second and third finger off and your first finger is already barring the second fret of the D and the G string… So we hit that on the and of four and it’s tied to the downbeat of one of the next measure, so and one, and then on the downbeat of two we hit this again, we’re just barring the second fret with this A/E and then the D and G string open… and then it just repeats…


All right so there you have it, three fun and easy riffs by AC/DC. These are great ones for beginners because they’re fairly simple with just two or three chords in each one, not too difficult to play. So if you like this lesson be sure to give me a thumbs up and leave a comment down below if you have any questions about this or other guitar related topics. If you’ve not already done so please subscribe to the channel and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss any of the content that we upload throughout the week. Well that is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.

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