AC/DC’s “Back in Black”: THE Tutorial (Rhythm)

19 Mar AC/DC’s “Back in Black”: THE Tutorial (Rhythm)

Back in Black tutorialย from SoloDallas on Vimeo.

Okay, so the moment has come. One of the reasons I did this blog thing, was for this: tutorials.

Let’s concentrate from now on and for a good while, on AC/DC (tutorials-wise, I mean), “heroes” of Rock and Roll for many of us here. Will also do some other bands as time goes by.

As it was for my very first tutorial I did on YouTube, “Back in Black” was first, and I wanted to replicate this also here.

Mind you, it will be “intense” at times. You know there is much I try and tried to “transmit”, been trying do that for a long time. These things I am saying here are the same things I think of all the times, what I check on me for first, as I only tell what I know (or at least, what genuinely think I know). When I don’t know something, I simply say so.

It’s a long tutorial, and it’s “only” the rhythm part for now. It is circa 58 minutes long (yes, 58 minutes) so I believe it will be nearly impossible for anyone to see it all at once.

There was a lot I was meaning to say about this song and AC/DC’s style, however I hope it won’t be bothering. I have been criticized in the past for talking too much, and maybe there was some plain truth in this.

However, this is me (I think I can improve with your help here, though, so please move your critiques whenever you find it fitting) I tried to remain more concentrated on what happens in the song.

Solo Tutorial is coming shortly. Tutorials are going to be “exclusively” posted here at SoloDallas’. No other site will have them this time.

I hope you will enjoy this.





Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

We Are Rock 'N Roll People.

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    Posted at 00:12h, 22 November

    Seriously this is better than drugs and just as addicting! Not only can you play awesome but you teach better than anyone anywhere! Many thanks to you sir!

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    Omar Reves
    Posted at 22:42h, 19 April

    where’s the solo tutorial?

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    Posted at 21:14h, 19 December

    This is absolutely fantastic. I am a details type of guy; besides guitar, my hobbies include pencil sketches of automobiles in which I strive for photo-realism, and (formerly, when I had a place to work on them) scale models with as much fine detail as I could manage. Your attention to detail in this tutorial is a dream come true for me. I am an entirely self-taught guitarist, which means that I have reinforced certain playing habits that are probably bad. By covering the most minute details of what some might consider a “simple” musical passage, you have already helped me to change a few of my habits (it will take a lot of practice to reinforce, of course!) I didn’t find any part of your instruction to be long-winded or boring…the kind of people who would make that comment don’t have the patience to truly master the CORRECT way to play this classic song. I also appreciate how, despite having obvious talent, you treat the viewer as equal instead of being condescending. I’m new here; I just came across your videos last night and joined the website from there. I can see that this video was posted over 4 years ago and that your efforts lately have largely been directed at your Schaffer Replica (which is really awesome, by the way!) I hope that you will eventually find the time to produce the solo tutorial you mentioned…I would expect a feature-length film! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 10:42h, 26 May

    I was wondering what Type of Gibson sg you used? was it 1970? Also what kind of camera did you use for the video?

    Warm regards.

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    Posted at 18:20h, 23 August

    I have recently done a cover of bib but not in video form just a recording from guitar rig with a bit of audacity tweaking

    whats the best way for me to share my audio recordings on here rather than the users videos section?

    might be a cool idea to have that as an option on this site, for us to upload our audio recordings for listening ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 04:01h, 23 August

    Thanks for another brilliant tutorial !

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    Posted at 19:27h, 24 May

    hey fil… small question

    how do you exactly get the angus distortion or crunch? I heard you like “naturally” overdriving your guitar.

    Does that mean you ALWAYS put your amp volume all the way up or do you also use some of the gain from the amp.

    I’ve tried putting my amp volume all the way up… and it does sound great :D… but it IS tooo loud :P… (I’ve got a small cheap amp by the way ๐Ÿ˜› gonna get the marshall jcm 2000 dsl 100 sometime this year along with an SG and many other great guitars ;))

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    Posted at 08:09h, 23 March

    Thankยดs M8 !
    Very helpful tuto ! keep them coming ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ciao !

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    Posted at 16:56h, 21 March

    Great tutorial. The sound you get out of your rig is classic.

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      Posted at 17:09h, 21 March

      I should be doing a lot more tuts and I often announced it, but it didn’t happen yet. Why, one may wonder?
      Personal progress. I always thought that in order to “teach others” one should own the matter first. Seen too many shooting tutorials with wrong sound, parts etc. i have been making personal progress on several related matters recently. I just know that if I had shot tutorials at this point I wouldn’t consider them definitive and would want to redo. This thought for now has held me jp a bit on tuts.
      Just due considerations for you out there ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted at 11:55h, 22 March

        indeed you are very considerat!

        i know you will deliver with 100% as you always do Fil ๐Ÿ˜‰

        in terms of your bib tone do you think you have it now at a good enuf level for a solo tut?

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        Posted at 17:28h, 23 April

        Ah Fil, always when i think i finaly have the song right i watch your tut and its just sound better ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Posted at 10:47h, 11 December

    is the solo tutorial coming out soon!!! LOL XD

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    Posted at 16:56h, 17 October

    Hey Fil….. another thing i wanted to ask you was what kind of pick do you use? I’ve gone through many picks, from hard to soft (the soft one worked better for me). But i wanted to know what Angus, in this case You, use to get the best ACDC tone and rhythm possible.

    Cheers ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Posted at 17:49h, 17 October

      i asked the exact same question a while back as i used to use em ๐Ÿ˜€

      Angus uses realy thick picks as do Fil i believe

      if you use to soft a pick you might get a delay in the string being picked expecialy on solos i find,

      my pick consists of TWO medium picks super glued together ๐Ÿ˜€ its stiffer than anyting iv used before!


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        Posted at 19:03h, 17 October

        He uses thick picks, but not that tick. Just around 1.14 or 1.5mm. Seen them on many vids.

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          Posted at 22:49h, 17 October

          Cool Thanks for the info Dries :), im always droping my pick lol slips out of my sweaty hands XD

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            Posted at 00:22h, 18 October

            Cut grooves out of it ๐Ÿ™‚ it helps !

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              Posted at 09:59h, 18 October

              will try that! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Posted at 20:11h, 21 March

      I occasionally uses two Fender Extra Heavy picks and glues them together to get a better grip. Forces me to also be more carefull when picking, expecily in solo parts since the pick is so thick it seems to be allmost ”too much”, very easy to overdo the picking if i don’t play it carefully, much better grip, seems slightly ”fatter” because of the then twice as thick glued ”Fender Super Extra Heavy” pick ๐Ÿ˜€ lol

      It seems easy to make the strings vibrato too much violent if one doesn’t play it carefull with this kind of pick setup. Since the pick is twice as thick there are more mass that with the same amount of picking power seems to make the strings bounce or vibrate more, in my experience it’s good for one thing since it will force you to play much more carefully and being more concentrated on what you are doing. Took a time to get used to it ๐Ÿ˜›

      Nowadays i keep go back and forth so i’am not sure what is ”better”. Just wanted to share my experience mate ๐Ÿ™‚ Try it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted at 11:53h, 22 March

        lol how thick is that! ๐Ÿ˜› i have reverted back to a medium sized pick now but i do alternalte on occasions ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 15:57h, 29 September

    hey fil
    was wanting to ask u…. what kind of strings to you use while playing acdc songs, and what gauge would you recommend?
    thnx a ton ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Posted at 20:09h, 29 September

      ernie ball super slinkys, 9’s ๐Ÿ™‚ just savin Fil the trouble here ๐Ÿ˜›

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