AC/DC’s “Back in Black” Older Video Tutorials (Part 1 & 2)

06 Nov AC/DC’s “Back in Black” Older Video Tutorials (Part 1 & 2)


as I said several times in the past, once my first new tutorial was up, I would start adding older tutorials that I had around.

Here’s AC/DC’s Back in Black, Part One and Part Two.

Back in Black Video Tutorial Part One

Please note: I am going to re-shoot ALL of my tutorials. All of them, and add a lot more. Even on demand tutorials. I did say that I am unstoppable and I feel like I am.

Not all that I said back then was correct. I have learned quite a few things since I shot these ones, and I am proud to be shooting brand new ones, with revised parts.

However, being kind towards myself, I can still say that what I said back then is mostly still fairly true. This is why I am in fact re-proposing these to you (along many other older ones that I am about to post).

Besides, I feel like I want to put all I did in the past – well, the decent things I did – here on this blog/site, so to have “My work” all reunited in a single place, to signify my and hopefully, yours, process of learning.

Thank you,

Fil ๐Ÿ™‚

Back in Black Video Tutorial Part Two

Technical Notes:

These two videos were both shot at once, then broken in two, as YouTube at the time didn’t allow for more than 10 minutes in length per video. They were shot in my recording studio, Studio58a.

Since I am rather logorroic (one who speaks at lengths) this wasn’t a bad thing after all: I did get on the nerves of quite a few people back then and probably, still now.

My intent here was really to communicate as much as possible how timing, feeling and musical intention were mandatory for rock and roll and more so, for bands such as AC/DC.

Nothing is or was done by chance with AC/DC: everything was thought and cared after. Every detail, every nuance. This is something we often do not realize or overlook, we just listen to the chords and decide a song or genre is easy because we understand it. My suggestion here was – and it still is – that it is not as easy as it may seem. It’s simple, indeed, the structure is: this also was meant to be exactly so by the Young brothers. It’s not easy or simple because it is so by nature, but because someone made it seem like that intentionally.

But it’s extremely difficult for me (as a musician) to be able to re-express what they did with the same feeling and band tightness. A work of art really. And a shining example of what can be done solely by playing: no tricks existed at the time, no technology that could “quantize” real instruments and put that at tempo (it could be done, put cutting tape and then re-attaching adhesive, but it could only work for short things: cut and paste simply wasn’t there yet). If we as musicians could learn to do this, I think it would be the greatestย  goal reached musically.

Guitar used here: an older Gibson SG Angus Young Signature, the first series, with an AY signature pickup in the bridge position. A nice guitar that eventually I sold as I already had some vibrolas SGs.

The amplifier used here was an “Alessandro Beagle” head, 10 watts, 2 x EL84s, on my vintage 1969 4×12 1960A cabinet with original G12Ms in it. Still my best cabinet to this date. At the time, the cabinet had a non original red color. It was changed years later to green and now it’s being refinished into black (with original tolex).

At the time, I used to record these simply putting my laptop a few meters away and hit record on its own audio application. No multitracks, nothing. Simple audio/video recording with the laptop own internal microphone.

BTW The song’s in the key of E, chords E, D and A for the verse, A,E,B and G,D,A for the chorus. The opening lick and the solo (mostly) are from theย Em pentatonic scale. Also great use is made of both bottom and top E strings, played open in the riffs and licks. Standard tuning.

Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

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    Posted at 23:02h, 07 January

    Hey Solo, Nice videos man, I’ve learned alot of my AC/DC songs from watching your videos! If I’m not mistaken you had a closeup tutorial of how to play the Back In Black Live Solo a while ago on youtube. Do you still have the video and could you make another? I appreciate all your help!

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    Posted at 16:29h, 28 March

    Standard tuning really?
    About the SG AY Sig Guitar, which would you say is best:
    SG AY Sig (first one as used here) or Sg 61 reissue?

    Thanx again !

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    Posted at 01:42h, 09 March

    Your SG sound so much as the back tracks cd 1 back in black live version in 1981

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      Posted at 08:48h, 09 March

      This one was the AY signature, not vintage. You made me listen to this again. The Studio room sounded great. That’s basically it

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    Posted at 00:08h, 21 February

    still working on ‘that’ lick. perhaps I have not done it 2000 times yet. A weak little finger needs some strengthening i think.

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      Posted at 13:48h, 21 February

      Indeed (it needs strength). But I promise, I swear on my sons: you’re on the right path. Practice (with the right intention) MAKES perfect

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    Posted at 18:38h, 17 January

    Fil, i wonder, just out of curiosity, do you know how to play Back in Black with the bass part in the song, or how it’s done ”properly”? I’am having a friend who plays bass, though he isn’t super interrested into AC/DC but it would be fun to check if he would be interrested into (along with a drummer and rythm guitarist) cover Back In Black, just for fun, but in a serious way as well, i haven’t told him anything about it yet though, but if i can get my hands on the bass part of the song i could possibly convince him to try, i think he knows how to cover the bass on some of the newer stuff AC/DC has, think it’s from Stiff Upper Lip(?) Album don’t know for sure :/

    I know you are busy with alot of work, family and such but any answer would be very great, if you would like to, and even if you don’t have an video or something about it, any link to a ”correkt” video(if you know about anyone that is) is also really helpfull. You don’t have to answer this or anything i can understand if you simply don’t have time for it due to all things going on, but if you would and wanted to, i would be so greatfull ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw this video made me trying to play guitar more serious when i first saw it on Youtube, now if i had a decent amp + recording equippment + backing track i would off tried to cover the song, hardest is the soloes and the vibratoes imo(ok it’s not an easy song but yea you’ll get it) , brings back memories sitting for hours struggeling all the parts long ago ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best Regards – Seb ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Posted at 10:43h, 18 January

      here I am to you. Yes I know the bass parts, as I played it several times for several reasons on bass. I love bass playing! PLaying bass also forces us to stick to the timing on single notes. Good exercise. My point is that, accurate parts should always be learned. Obviously, if I had to choose between accuracy of the parts (exact notes) and feeling, I’d choose feeling. BUT accurate parts should also be a must when trying to recreate a cover, unless there is a specific project that wants to make it sound different. But even in this case, seriousness of approach would command to learn the exact parts first; then, develop alternatives that “work”. So this is my sincere approach with the thing. I truly think that “serious fun” comes only out of a “serious approach”. Otherwise, it may be just messing around. Which can also be done, but won’t lead anywhere in time, and one gets annoyed pretty soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 01:47h, 12 January

    Yay i found it!, i love this video, used to watch this vid and play along with it note by note when ever i could (video in slow mo :D)

    i found this video one of the easiest to learn from because of the angle and hight of the camera, even fil moves to show the hand posistion on some parts.

    Thanks fil for this amazing video, this is what sparked my flame to learn more and push myself harder to learn these golden songs


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    Posted at 22:37h, 02 December

    Thanks for this tutorial, it helps me alot because i’m relearning the solo… Anyway this video is very useful, probably the best tutorial i’ve ever seen.

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    Posted at 17:47h, 18 November

    This was the first Solo Dallas Tutorial I watched!
    And It’s also the first complete AC/DC song I learned!

    Since I saw this tutorial (and yourselve) the first time, I became a big fan of you!
    You make great Tutorials and your playing’s perfect!
    Can’t stop rock’n’roll, or CAN’T STOP SOLO DALLAS!

    I salute you Fil!

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    Posted at 12:35h, 08 November


    couldnt mute the lead guitar, but you can still hear my playing. let me know what you guy think!

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    Posted at 23:49h, 07 November

    Ahhh, finally,

    I’ve been looking for these videos.
    This is what got me hooked on AC/DC a few years ago.

    Best tutorial ever.

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    Posted at 12:04h, 07 November

    Maybe you should make new tutorials before re-shooting this ones Fil, just because you would have more material here and maybe it’s not that important to re-shoot those than making new ones, as the olds are really good.

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      Posted at 12:56h, 07 November

      Oh but I WILL also shoot new ones. Boston’s “More than a Feeling”, comes to mind. But many more, and on demand, too. I have more things to add the older tuts. I need to feel that my work is “organic” and complete ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted at 19:50h, 07 November

        I really look forward to the “licks in the style of” series I proposed you.

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    Posted at 22:20h, 06 November

    This tutorial gets me buying a guitar and start learning about one year ago.
    And its very nice to see it online again ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 22:08h, 06 November

    The old times… ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like this amp, and the guitar.
    Was it a good guitar?

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      Posted at 22:10h, 06 November

      Oh yes, a great guitar. I was actually impressed when I got it. It was second hand, I think I bought in 2006 and it was a 2000, so one of the first ones. A bit on the heavy side, but excellent tone.

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    Posted at 21:39h, 06 November

    This is what I consider to be one of your classic videos!

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    Posted at 18:39h, 06 November

    A new beginning indeed this weekend, no surprise you posted this one first of the AC/DC.
    Bye,bye YouTube ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Posted at 18:53h, 06 November

      And you know Rob, I really do not miss Youtube. I know, it may sound like “yeah, right fil”. But it’s true. I never cared about how many subscribers I had. I did care though about the quality of my message and if it got to people, that yes. Here, I feel the tools are so much wider – technically enabling – that so much more can be done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted at 19:26h, 06 November

        There is now no reason for you to miss YouTube.
        This is the place for like minded people to communicate. You Tube was just about tutorials and performance videos, this is about everything – from playing to how to play, gear reviews and how to get that sound.
        Classic Rock Community of shared knowledge and experience.

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