Learn to solo like Angus Young

Learn to solo like… Angus Young (AC/DC)

PART 1 / 4 : Minor and major pentatonic scales

One of the key components in the music of AC/DC are the instantly recognizable, crazy guitar solos. Angus Young has got a few tricks he will constantly use to achieve this classic hard rock sound.

In part 1, we will look at the kind of scales Angus uses to improvise and write solos.

The most common scale used in rock (and in many more styles of music) is the minor pentatonic scale, which you probably already know. In many songs, Angus would often switch between the minor pentatonic and the major pentatonic, often at regular intervals (half a bar in major, half a bar in minor for example)

Let’s have a look at this lick using the G major and minor scales:

How to Solo like Angus Young

Learn to solo like... Angus Young (AC/DC)

Learn to solo like… Angus Young (AC/DC)

Now, let’s highlight the notes from the major pentatonic in pink and the notes from the minor pentatonic in blue:

Learn to solo like Angus Young

To create licks following this kind of logic, we can take 2 pentatonic scales, one major and one minor, in the same area of the neck, and improvising using notes from either the major or the minor pentatonic. Here are the 2 positions the example above uses:

 

How to Solo like Angus Young

How to Solo like Angus Young

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Learn to solo like… Angus Young (AC/DC)

G major Pentatonic

G major Pentatonic

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AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members.Wikipedia

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Back in Black 1980 Back in Black
Thunderstruck 1990 The Razor’s Edge
Highway to Hell 1977 Let There Be Rock
T.N.T. 1975 TNT
You Shook Me All Night Long 1980 Back in Black
Shoot to Thrill 1980 Back in Black
If You Want Blood 1979 Highway to Hell
Hells Bells 1980 Back in Black
It’s a Long Way to the Top 1975 TNT
Rock N Roll Train 2008 Black Ice
Let There Be Rock 1977 Let There Be Rock
Live 2003 AC/DC Vinyl Box
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Who Made Who 1986 Who Made Who
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