AC/DC “Playing Tips” Older Video

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    jakesg61
    Posted at 11:53h, 27 February

    Hi Fil,
    I’ve been trying to do this vibrato with all four fingers like you mention in this video, however the part Im finding difficult is because I have quite long thin fingers they seem to be getting bunched up on the fret board when I try to do it. I usually only do my vibrato with two fingers, but obviously that way does not sound they way Angus Young does it, also when I try to bend the string up and give it some vibrato at the same time im finding it near impossible to do. I think it is because of where Im putting my thumb, I noticed on this video when you were bending the strings up and giving them vibrato your thumb was up hanging almost over the fret board and when you came back up to the D A and low E your thumb went back down sort of central to the fret board, would you say it makes it easier to do like that?
    Thank you

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 12:25h, 27 February

      Hi mate,
      it takes TIME! It’s a process almost neverending – though there is a clear point when this starts working properly and from that point on you only progress further in goodness – don’t expect it to work right from the start.
      Will take you probably months.

      The point around which you MUST concentrate with awareness (i.e., know what you are doing) is that you have to find a “momentum of force” (how do you say this in English? It’s physics) that works fine for you. A LOT of strength is required to get this done right, especially in the beginning stages. Fingers have to be as much as possible in the 90 degree position, and it’s partly the fingers pushing upwards (Angus says so).
      The point is not even reproducing Angus’ vibrato; I think this style vibrato is really classy and exceptionally sounding. Kossoff also had it singing much like this.
      Try to squash all of your fingers together, one close to the next, and apply the momentum of force on your index, with AWARENESS of doing so. Try and respond :)

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        jakesg61
        Posted at 13:32h, 27 February

        Thank you Fil πŸ˜€
        I will keep trying this and take on board what you have said.
        I’ve always wanted to master it because it always seemed to me to be that missing link, like when I bend the strings it just sounds dull, but when I hear it with the vibrato it gives it that sort of extra dimension and sounds fantastic! (As you well know) πŸ˜€

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 14:06h, 27 February

          Believe me, you WILL get there. There is no reason in the world for which I am almost succeeding in this and you shouldn’t. “Talent” is overrated. No such thing as that here; it’s practice knowing what you are doing. This, and this all :)

          • avatar
            Ant
            Posted at 15:30h, 27 February

            “practice” i cant stress how much this realy means to getting better! dont ever doubt yourself and that your hands just isnt built for playing because you hands develop and adapt over time

            I never thought i would be as good as i am now, as Mr Guru said it take time!! πŸ˜‰

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              depuis1899
              Posted at 15:45h, 27 February

              now I know that I’ve got to work on that vibrato and that I’ll raise the Pu’s higher πŸ˜€

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              rjofig
              Posted at 15:55h, 27 February

              +1 !
              I remember things that were near impossible to do and which are now getting under control – just need to give it time, and practice things that are challenging :)

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                SoloDallas
                Posted at 14:25h, 29 February

                I was just re-watching this myself. My vibrato there basically was at its starting phase (and it has been years that I had been playing already, and a lot live). Still, no where as good as it is today.

                I must make a video lesson to speed up you guys efforts.

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                  rjofig
                  Posted at 14:44h, 29 February

                  Starting phase? I hope I get there some day :)

                  +1 on new hints video – do it! :) These are great!

  • avatar
    sledrevy
    Posted at 05:52h, 06 June

    also can u do learn to play— Ride on
    please?????
    and Down payment blues

  • avatar
    sledrevy
    Posted at 02:29h, 06 June

    hey realy apreciate your sight how do i get in contact with you? Matt newexteriorsllc@hotmail.com
    have ? on set up your ideas one prefect combo ect
    realy thanks

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    vitorarnoni
    Posted at 02:23h, 16 December

    do you always play ac/dc on the clean channel ?

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    vitorarnoni
    Posted at 23:08h, 06 December

    Fil..
    what do you think of the Marshall MG15CDR for getting an ac/dc tone ?
    is that good ?

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    vitorarnoni
    Posted at 18:27h, 05 December

    fil
    that little amp that you use in the “GET THAT TONE ( AC/DC E SANDERCOE’S VIDEO CONTEST)”, is good for get the ac/dc sound ?
    can you tell me the name of this amp
    i wanna buy it xD
    thanks for everything man all i know about guitar came from you and specially AC/DC

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    Devil'Fingers"
    Posted at 20:43h, 29 November

    FIL!!!
    Im dying here
    When there is vibrato in Rck and roll aint noise pollution in the riff ( I hope you know where i mean)Well how to do that?
    Always when im doing that i lose soundon lower string, cause my finger onupper string touches the lower one, and it gets muted!!!
    PLease HELP

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 22:16h, 29 November

      Nah don’t worry. There’s a little “trick” there, which is to use your middle and the next finger (forget in English, the one before the little finger) together. Will show you when I shoot that tutorial (very soon, at least one tutorial per week). I’m in North Africa with the family right now, will be back on monday :)

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        Devil'Fingers"
        Posted at 18:59h, 02 December

        Ok
        Thank you
        Baw siΔ™ dobrze :)

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    vitorarnoni
    Posted at 02:09h, 29 November

    hey Fil
    im from Brazil i’m 14 years old and all i know about guitar came from you and ac/dc man
    look
    i’m having problems with the vibrato
    you have some tips that i can use ?
    sorry about my english

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    TheHellsRocker
    Posted at 17:10h, 18 November

    I think this is one video that touches your inner feelings when listening at it! It really helps a lot! Thank you Fil!

    (P.S. Sorry about my English, I’m from Austria and not even as good in english than I think :D)

    I Salute You Fil!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 17:13h, 18 November

      Nothing wrong with your English. Touching comment… πŸ˜‰

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 17:49h, 18 November

      Fine, another Austrian here :) Though I’m a German, I’m living in vienna. Where are you located?

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        TheHellsRocker
        Posted at 17:51h, 18 November

        Hey Banane πŸ˜‰
        I’m living in the 21. district (Floridsdorf)
        Good to have another ‘Austrian’ here πŸ˜€

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        TheHellsRocker
        Posted at 17:53h, 18 November

        In Which district are you located?

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          banane
          Posted at 17:54h, 18 November

          Lol…also in Floridsdorf…right near U6 subway station…thats really funny :)

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            TheHellsRocker
            Posted at 18:00h, 18 November

            Yes it is πŸ˜€
            I haven’t thought to meet someone from Floridsdorf on SoloDallas.net ^^
            But the world’s small πŸ˜‰
            Near U6? Funny I’m there every day when I’m going to school, I’m living in Jedlesee (33B Station Jedelsee).

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              banane
              Posted at 18:07h, 18 November

              Yes, Mengergasse, 5 mins to walk…Well, I’m out of the age for going to school, I’m almost 40. How old are you?

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                TheHellsRocker
                Posted at 18:12h, 18 November

                I’m 16 (I’m 16 on this Saturday).
                Yes 40 isn’t the right age to go to school πŸ˜€

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                TheHellsRocker
                Posted at 18:17h, 18 November

                Oh I saw where you living on Google Maps right now.
                I’m very often there, my father’s living nearly by you ^^

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                  banane
                  Posted at 18:51h, 18 November

                  Hehe, funny, world is small sometimes…well, yeah, 40 isn’t the right age for going to school except you’re a teacher πŸ˜€ My stepdaughter is 16 too, becomes 17 at January. You’re playing guitar?

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                    TheHellsRocker
                    Posted at 19:03h, 18 November

                    Yeah I’m playing for 5 years now i guess ^^
                    I don’t counted them πŸ˜€
                    I guess you’re also playing guitar, am I right?

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                      banane
                      Posted at 19:07h, 18 November

                      Thats great, to start playing that early. And it’s great to have parents supporting this.
                      I just started to learn, about a year ago. Wished I could play several hours a day but I dont have the time, sadly. Mostly I can manage to play 3 times a week. Way too less.

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                      TheHellsRocker
                      Posted at 19:18h, 18 November

                      Yes, but to playing real good guitar i started 1 year (a bit more) ago. Before that I only played with a guitar teacher that played ΒΏ&%$@! So I’d say I play good guitar for 2 years πŸ˜‰
                      Yes I also don’t have always the time πŸ˜›
                      I’d wish I could play about 2-4 hours a day, but most of the time it’s only 1 :(

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                      TheHellsRocker
                      Posted at 19:25h, 18 November

                      Maybe we can meet each other, jamming a little bit and talking about the ‘good old Rockbands’ πŸ˜‰
                      Would be great πŸ˜€

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                      banane
                      Posted at 19:59h, 18 November

                      Yes, of course we can! Would surely be fun. I’ll drop you a PM :)

  • avatar
    dubsharayko
    Posted at 16:55h, 08 November

    Do you still believe that raising the bridge humbucker as high as possible is a good way to achieve the slight “chick” sound on your guitar when picking? Or is this a method that you, yourself, have disproven?

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 17:14h, 18 November

      Absolutely. I still do it all of the time with any guitar!

  • avatar
    guitarlord26
    Posted at 12:59h, 08 November

    Fil, what amp head were you using there? and also what cabinet for that matter?

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 13:15h, 08 November

      It’s important actually. I didn’t provide links because I do not own neither amp nor this guitar anymore, so these are not on site. The amplifier was a “Alessandro Beagle” head http://www.alessandro-products.com/amp-beagle.shtml
      Cabinet here I still have it, and it is still my number one cabinet that I go to: a 1969 /date) 1960A cabinet with pre-rola G12Ms 25 watts inside, functionally in perfect condition.

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    guitarlord26
    Posted at 00:03h, 08 November

    This was the first video I saw from SoloDallas, and it was one of the most helpful and beneficial for me; and I’m sure many others as well.

    Cheers,
    Jimmi.

  • avatar
    Hyce777
    Posted at 19:03h, 07 November

    Never saw this one. Great video, thanks for putting these old ones up.

  • avatar
    Kris
    Posted at 12:35h, 07 November

    This is the video that made me want to buy the AYS guitar πŸ˜€

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