At the end of this course you will be able to play the AC/DC Classic Back in Black.
Every note and every chord is covered in detail with:
clear TAB and notation parts,
backing tracks recorded at full and slow speeds for every bar
clear, annotated videos to take you through every aspect of this great song.
As part of this course, detailed left and right hand techniques are covered that will help you improve your playing, learning some classic guitar playing in the process - what a great way to improve your playing technique!
This course is for anyone who is passionate about playing the electric guitar.
Ever wonder how great guitarists play those classic riffs? This course will show you how!
This tutorial will take you through the first section of the main riff. Check out the accompanying PDF and backing tracks to gain the full benefit of this section.
This is the whole track in TAB format, in section 8 you can find alternative PDFs with full notation and mixed TAB / Notation parts available.
The complete backing track for Back in Black. There are 35 backing tracks in total with this course, full and half speed to accompany the video tutorials. Check out the PDF files too!
The full backing track at a slower speed. Rehearsing a track at a slower speed does not mean you are a weaker or less proficient player. Practising at a slower speed allows you to really focus on your technique.
Pentatonic runs are common elements of rock guitar playing. This particular riff uses open strings as part of it.
This riff can be a little tricky, take care to position your left hand to enable the stretch on to the E string.
Bringing everything together so far. Remember to use the backing tracks to practise bringing the various elements learned together.
The first chords of the chorus, A, E and B, power chords. Watch out for the rhythm of these chords!
The answering second section of the chorus moves to chords of G, D and A with a nice bend on the E string, third fret into a chord of A to finish!
The third section is an exact repeat of the first section, finishing with ringing G and D chords.
Its a good idea to keep listening back to the original recording when transcribing or learning a solo. It enables you to hear the nuances of the original playing on each note. I use JamVox as it allows me to slow a solo down, and isolate it from the backing so that I can hear each note more clearly
We move on to the 3rd and 4th bars of the guitar solo. Note the repeats of parts of the riff that we have already learned. Its the phrasing and 'question and answer' style of Angus' playing that needs careful listening. He is a master of using short riffs and ideas and making the most of them.
Bar 5 has some distinctive bent notes. Take care with these, they are whole bends; that is the string is bent up the equivalent of two frets, which needs strength in your fingers to keep them in tune. Use your ears and check that you are keeping in tune with the backing track or the original.
The link between bar 5 and bar 6 is quite subtle, also note that you can use either your third finger on your left hand or your fourth finger. Using your fourth finger is a better technique if you can manage it!
Don't forget to go back over the sections covered so far. It is easy to get lost in a long solo and forget where you and what you have learned. Note how the phrasing of the solo slowly moves up the fretboard, giving a sense of structure and building excitement to it.
As we move into bar 7 we start to work on some of the important bends up at the top of the neck on the G string. These are classic guitar riffs and used by many guitarists. Take the time to learn the techniques shown here, practise them with the backing tracks until they become second nature and easy to play.
A classic bend here. The string is bent up silently, then picked and bent down.
Bar 8 covers some classic Angus riffing, coming in just after the first beat of the bar this type of rhythmic riff playing adds a lot of excitement to the solo. A great technique to learn and use in your own solo playing.
Bars 9 and 10 contain some complicated phrases rhythmically. Take the time to listen to the original before working through these two bars slowly. As you learn each part refer back to the original to ensure that you are playing it right.
We look at the second half of the bar in more detail.
The second to last bar of the solo, a similar bar of complex bends and rhythms. This section is the climax of the solo and tends to be the most complex. As you learn each phrase practise it with the backing tracks at full and slow speeds.
The last bar of this first section of the solo contains similar elements that have already been covered. Note the small variations in phrasing which give Angus' solo its distinctive style.
A typical contrasting section. Angus is a master of maintaining interest by using contrasting phrases in terms of rhythm and neck position - this is a great example with fretted notes played against open ringing strings.
A similar section, note the slight rhythmic changes though and answering phrase!
A similar section to lecture 36 with slight rhythmic variations again.
More repeated phrases with very slight changes, and an answering bend at the top of the neck. This is a classic rock bend two strings at the same time. Hit these hard and go for it! Used by everyone from Hendrix to Page...
One of the most memorable moments from the track with great syncopated rhythms across the beat, one of the all time great riffs in rock music.
The bend at the top of the neck that takes us into the outro solo.
Bars 1 and 2 in detail
Joe has been a performer and teacher for over 35 years! as well as an experienced recording musician. Joe has taught 100s of students, many of whom have gone on to become performers, teachers and recording artists in their own right. A multi-instrumentalist, Joe's primary loves are the guitar, sax and clarinet, he hopes to release a series of Udemy videos for each of these instruments very soon, ranging from beginners to masterclass tips for experienced players. Joe's qualifications include a Masters in Music Technology and a degree in Music, above all Joe hopes to share his passion for music making through this series of videos.