Learn This AC/DC Riff For Remarkable Improvement

Check out this free lesson from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman on a AC/DC Riff For Remarkable Improvement. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with this lesson.

AC/DC Riff For Remarkable Improvement


Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you an AC/DC riff from Back in Black, but it’s a really good exercise for alternate picking and finger placement and it’s got some string skipping elements too, at least the way that I play it does. Anyway it’s a cool riff and when you play it people will recognize it, it’ll be familiar to them, they may not necessarily know what it’s from. Anyway, like I said, it’s a really good exercise for working on those techniques and it’s just always a lot more fun when you can play a cool riff instead of just a boring exercise. 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 this.

AC/DC Riff For Remarkable Improvement

All right, so to start off we pick just the open E and then the open D, so I’m going down and then up and then we’re going to go to the fourth fret on the A string and that’ll be a down to the second fret with your first finger and then back to the four… Then from there to the third fret of the low E with your second finger and then back to the second fret of the A string… So the second fret of the A string to the open A string, back to the second fret. Now you’re going to move your hand down to first fret and then back to the second fret for two… So with this the first thing you do is just get the sequence down with your fretting hand, but then you really want to focus on that alternate picking… Now when you’re playing this and since we’re skipping over a string it’s really easy to make mistakes like… and hit two strings together, so you gotta make sure that you’re down and then in a tight stroke so that way you don’t get the A string when you’re going from the E to the D. So you play that four times and then the sequence actually just goes up a fourth. So all we’re going to do is play the exact same sequence, but instead of being on the E, A and D strings, it’ll be on the D and G strings. So now we start off with the A string open… and then to the open G string… So everything is just the same frets, you’re just moving it up one, instead of being E, A and D, it’s A, D and G… and you do that twice and then back to the original position, in the song that’s where it goes back into a chorus…


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