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Angus Young Style Lick 5 Keys
Practice along with the videos to build technique and speed.
Use the backing tracks to practice without the lick in the recording.
Try to find where Angus uses this lick!
Use in your own solos.
Angus Young’s energetic guitar style is heavily influenced by famous rock ‘n roll and blues artists. His lead playing consists out of very straight blues guitar. He was influenced by great guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, BB King, and used those ideas in AC/DC. The Angus Young lead guitar sound originates from his unique application of the common major and minor pentatonic scales. In this exercise, we are using the minor pentatonic scale.
We are covering bending, and the use of finger rolls in this very famous lick. The idea to this exercise is learn the phrase in its original key, and then transpose it up the guitar neck. This type of practice will help you build technique, and give you a better understanding of the techniques used in this style of playing. Its a awesome way to help you to improve your playing.
Begin on the third fret, and roll your first finger to the third fret on the second string. Next, play the sixth fret. On the third string, bend the fifth fret with a release then play the third fret again. The next note is played on the 5th fret on the fourth string, and roll your third finger to the fifth fret on the fifth string. The next four notes move down the G minor pentatonic scale. In the third bar, play the sixth fret to the third fret on the sixth string. Jump up to the second and third string and play those two notes at the same time, then play the fifth fret on the fourth string, and then the fifth fret on the fifth string with the third finger. The lick end with the fifth fret on the fourth string, and then the third fret on the third string.
Once you get the basic outline of the lick, shift up one half step and repeat the lick in A flat minor, and continue in half steps from there. We are playing this in five keys. G, Ab, A, Bb, B minor pentatonic. Next work your way back down through each key till you arrive back in G minor pentatonic.
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