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Angus Young Plays AC/DC's "High Voltage" on Acoustic Guitar

Below, check out a very interesting clip of AC/DC's Angus Young—sitting with a well-worn acoustic guitar—as he discusses the roots of the band's 1976 tune "High Voltage."

The song is a chunky rocker in the key A, but it seems that wasn't just an accident.

"[I thought] it'd be cool if we had a song that had the chords A, C, D, C in it," Young says in the video. "So we more or less threw it together, and I had this 'high voltage' chant I was singing. Phil, the drummer, felt it was rather corny, but it paid the rent."

Actually, the chorus is A to C to D to A, but they made their point. You can watch a high-quality lesson video at the bottom of this story; it shows what Malcolm Young is playing on the song.

The top clip is from Episode 4 of a DVD called Long Way to the Top, which is basically a history of Australian rock and roll—with a few New Zealand bands included in the mix. Enjoy!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.