'Livewire' AC/DC Guitar Tutorial [Malcolm]

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Published on February 12, 2016

A lesson on Malcolm’s part on AC/DC’s Livewire

“Livewire” is a classic rock song by the legendary Australian rock band AC/DC. With its driving beat and memorable riff, 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 “Livewire” on the guitar, including the tabs, chords, strumming pattern, and a brief history of the song.

[Intro] Am Am Am Am

[Verse 1] Am Well, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire

Am :Yes, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire

Am : Well, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire Am Yes, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire

[Chorus]

F I’m on fire

G Hotter than a burning fuse

Am Got the power

D to rock and roll

[Verse 2] Am Well, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire Am Yes, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire Am Well, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire Am Yes, I’m a live wire, I’m a live wire

[Chorus]

F I’m on fire

G Hotter than a burning fuse

Am Got the power

D to rock and roll

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: “Livewire” was released in 1975 as the lead single from AC/DC’s second studio album, “T.N.T.” The song was written by AC/DC’s lead guitarist and co-founder, Angus Young, and reflects the band’s energetic and high-powered approach to rock and roll. The song was a hit in Australia and helped establish AC/DC as one of the top rock bands in the world.

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, “Livewire” is a classic rock anthem that is a must-know for any guitar player. With its driving beat and memorable riff, this song is sure to get your audience pumped up and ready to rock. So go ahead and start playing!

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