Back In Black | AC/DC | How to Play on Guitar | Guitar Lesson | Tutorial | Tim Pierce

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Published on February 17, 2016

Back in Black is one of my all-time favorites, it was originally recorded in 1980.

Amazingly it still sounds modern, and I think that’s because everything is simple, no gimmicks. In the 80s so many guitar players drenched their sounds with effects, me included..!!

But the sounds that stand the test of time are generally pure guitar and amp sounds, I believe AC/DC always kept it pure.

To play Back in Black well, I think guitarists has to strike just right with the right hand. I would describe it as a light touch but a strong snap from the wrist. It’s the same technique that probably works best for golf or tennis.

“Back in Black” is one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, recorded by the legendary Australian rock band AC/DC. With its powerful riffs and infectious energy, this song has become a staple of classic rock radio and a favorite among guitar players of all levels. In this article, we’ll cover how to play “Back in Black” on the guitar, including the tabs, chords, strumming pattern, and a brief history of the song.

[Intro] Am Am Am Am

[Verse 1] Am Forget the hearse, ’cause I never die D7 I got nine lives, cat’s eyes G Abusing every one of them and running wild

[Chorus] C ‘Cause I’m back G Yes, I’m back Am Well, I’m back F Yes, I’m back C Well, I’m back, back G Well, I’m back in black Am Yes, I’m back in black

[Verse 2] Am Out of the dungeons, and into the night D7 Went down the highway, with a bag of dynamite G I’m blowing up my dreams and starting up a new life

[Chorus] C ‘Cause I’m back G Yes, I’m back Am Well, I’m back F Yes, I’m back C Well, I’m back, back G Well, I’m back in black Am Yes, I’m back in black

Strumming Pattern:

  • Down strum on each beat.
  • For the chorus, you can add an up strum on the “and” of beat 2.

History of the Song: “Back in Black” was released in 1980 as the lead single from AC/DC’s seventh studio album of the same name. The album marked a new beginning for the band, as it was their first album recorded after the death of lead singer Bon Scott. The song was written as a tribute to Scott and is considered one of AC/DC’s greatest tracks, with its memorable riff and powerful lyrics.

Practice Tips:

  • Start by practicing each chord individually until you can switch between them smoothly.
  • Once you are comfortable with the chords, start practicing the strumming pattern along with the chords.
  • Gradually increase the speed at which you play the song as you get more comfortable.

In conclusion, “Back in Black” is a classic rock anthem that is a must-know for any guitar player. With its powerful riffs and infectious energy, this song is sure to get your audience pumped up and ready to rock. So go ahead and start playing!

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