The Basics Of AC/DC-Style Guitar Playing

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AC/DC are among the best and most famous rock bands of all time, with scores of iconic hits like "Highway To Hell," "Back In Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." The distinctive playing of guitarist brothers Malcolm and Angus Young defined the band's sound, and cemented their place in rock history.

It’s fair to say that AC/DC's guitar style is a topic that could be explored in enormous depth, with the many technical, tonal and compositional elements at play in the band's music. What we’re going to look at here though, are the absolute basic essentials to get you started—playing the right kind of things, in the right kind of way, with the right sound. 

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