Hey, everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com, bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you how to play three really easy AC/DC riffs, so this one’s going out there to all you beginners and stuff. This’ll give you three really cool, recognizable riffs that are fun to play, and everybody knows what they are and stuff. Fairly easy to pick up. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look.
All right, so the first one we’re going to look at is TNT. We start off, it looks like E minor, but it’s just an E5 power chord. We’re just going to take our first finger, and we’re just going to barre it across the second fret of the fifth and the fourth string. Now, if that’s difficult for you to do, you don’t even need to necessarily get the fourth string. Just the sixth and five together is plenty. But you’re going to want that first finger to kind of be arced over, so the rest of the strings are muted, so you don’t hear them making noise.
This is in 4/4 timing, and this is on the downbeat of one. So it’s like one, or one, and then you rest on two, and then the downbeat of two, or excuse me, the downbeat of three, and then on the -and of three, we hit just the third fret of the sixth string with your third finger. Then we rest on the downbeat of four, and then on the -and of four, we do an A5 power chord, so it’s the same shape we were doing on E5. It’s just that now, we’re going to move up so we’re fretting the second fret of the fourth string, and the fifth string is open. And again, you could barre the third string too, or just those two is fine. So we have…
Then after we hit this on the -and of four, it’s tied to the downbeat of one of the next measure. Then on the -and of one, we rest. We rest on the downbeat of two, and then on the -and of two, we hit that same third fret of the sixth string, and then on the downbeat of three, we hit that A5, back to this third fret of the sixth string again, for the -and of three, and then we rest on four, and it just repeats, just like that.
All right, now we’re going to look at Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. This one actually is really easy too, but it actually starts off with the same chord as TNT does, so we’re going to do that same E5, and this takes three and a… It’s like a half note tied to a quarter note tied to an eighth note, so it’s like one, two, three, four-and, and then on the -and of four, we do this G5. For that chord, third fret of the sixth string with your second finger, and then the fourth and third string are open. When you go to play this, you want your second finger to mute that fifth string so you can’t hear it. But you could do a full… I mean, you could do a full-on G major if you wanted to, or just like the other G5 voicing, like that.
So we have… Back to the E5 again. It’s like one, two, three, four-and, one, two, three, four. And then on the -and of four now, we go to the A5, just like in the last song, back to E5, and then we’ve got D5. For this D5, it’s just like a D major, just minus this note on the first string, so just to make the transition easy, I use my first finger on the second fret of the third string and my second finger on the third fret of the second string, so… And follow that with the E5. That D5 is on the -and of four of measure three. It’s tied to the downbeat of one on measure four, and then when we go back to that, that just rings out for the rest of the -and of one and then beats two, three, and four, and then it just repeats. You got… Just like that.
All right, and then finally we’ve got Highway to Hell. This one is a little bit more complicated than the previous two, but it’s still fairly easy. We start off with that same A5 power chord that we did before, and we’re going to play three eighth notes in a row, so it’s like one-and two-and three, four, and then on the -and of four is when we switch chords. This next chord is D5 over F#, so the way that… There’s a couple of ways that you can play this, but the… What it is is that you’ve got like a D, like that same D that we did, that D5 that we did in the last one, but we’ve got the base note is F#, the second fret of the sixth string.
All right, so the way I do this, you know, start off with the A. Then, I move like I’m just going to play a regular G chord, even though we’re not playing on the first string. This is just I already have muscle memory to this, so it makes it easy. So I put these two fingers, my third finger on the third fret of the second string and my fourth finger on the third fret of the first string, then my second finger onto the second fret of the third string, and I put my first finger onto the second fret of the sixth string. Then [inaudible 00:07:18] we have the chord. The fifth and fourth strings are open.
Then it switches from that to D5 over G, so basically, all’s that happens is that the base notes from the second fret to the third fret. So what I do is I just put my first finger where my second finger is, and then put my second finger on the third fret, so… And then back to the A5, so… Then that just simply repeats, so… This transition, it might give you a little bit of trouble, especially if you’re a beginner, so my recommendation would just be to sit there and practice making that change, just so you get used to doing it.
There are other ways that you could do it. I’ve seen people, they’ll play it in their… They use their thumb to play the F#, and then their third finger to come up and do that. If that’s easier for you, great, do it that way. I don’t use my thumb over the top of the neck a whole lot, just because I’ve… From an accident I had with my thumb, its mobility isn’t really great, so sometimes, that’s not really a great choice for me to do that.
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