06 Nov AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way To The Top” Malcolm’s Rhythm Elements, Older Tutorial Video
Posted at 22:12h in AC/DC Tutorials, Guitar Tutorials, Premium, Tutorials, Tutorials 27 Comments
This video was shot in my former recording studio, Studio58a.
Guitar used here was my 1963 Gretsch Firebird played on a reissue Marshall head and cabinet, being a 1987XL Modified by David Bray and a 1960B cabinet with reissue (at the time) G12Ms.
ExeyoungPosted at 23:45h, 15 January
Hi Dallas i’m new here it’s amazing to look at you, my english it’s so poor but here i am… thanks for all. Salute you….
30CalGunnerPosted at 02:43h, 15 December
I play this song with a capo on the A chord. So it’s the first fret then the third fret so it’s like this
I think this is alot closer just by sound even with standard or flat tuning. I have seen in the videos Malcolm playing an A chord and with the capo. Btw I know they mimic it. It is just another one of those recording mysteries.
NooberToober247Posted at 04:42h, 19 October
It would be so awesome if you did angus’s guitar too
NiklawsPosted at 18:44h, 07 May
Well that was a great tutorial. Very strange that they tuned their guitar a half step up. Its very uncommon to do, especially for AC/DC.
Next time, try not to too talk so long and slow in the beginning. The rest was awesome.
burntguyPosted at 00:38h, 13 March
no mentions of the odd tuning used on this song in the studio version…probably had something to do with the bagpipes. and that’s another video we need -a break down of the bagpipe solo!
badcompany74Posted at 17:18h, 09 March
Here is the cost of that guitar, from the GRETSCH official website !!
ThundersnookPosted at 17:27h, 09 March
You have to know that the linked guitar is a totally different one 🙂 Of course its a Gretsch too, but thats all with the similarities.
The one you see in the Video is a 1963 Gretsch Jet Firebird which is quite different from todays Jets. But the price is about the same if i remember the last ebay-auctions correctly
badcompany74Posted at 20:59h, 09 March
You are right, maybe this one better describes similarity with the one Fil owns http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400402806
Same price anyway: $2825,00 dollars !!
badcompany74Posted at 17:06h, 09 March
Oh my God I love the sound of that Gretsch guitar, absolutely too sexy !!!! You sing very well Fil, great tutorial thank you
Jakubek3Posted at 02:06h, 06 February
When Youtube removed this, I was like :-O. This sound and this kind of playing is my drug 😀 I need to have it in ears, in fingers, in guitar , in amp all the time ;-).
Devil'Fingers"Posted at 17:12h, 06 February
AveXPosted at 01:57h, 08 February
Jakubek3Posted at 21:22h, 08 February
I’m from slovakia, so I can’t understand you.
currentpeakPosted at 00:34h, 16 January
Little Central European circle we got here 🙂
oskara67Posted at 11:17h, 12 December
This video tutorial is one of the best ever. I was very sad then i discovered it was gone on YouTube, but now I’m glad it is here again! I really missed it. Very nice talk about the soul of rock’n’roll in the beginning. Thanks SoloDallas!
Rhythm RocksPosted at 18:48h, 20 November
For this guitar need you two things luck to find this beauty and enouth money
rjofigPosted at 21:17h, 12 November
Hello all – this is a bit too specific, but maybe I can get some insights from those who like playing this song.
When I listen to the original studio recording, many times I hear the C# – D – A#5 lick that Fil highlights (3rd and 4th fret of A string, then power A chord, but the guitar tuned a half step up) – for example, at around 20 seconds.
But then, starting at around 40 seconds into the song, to my ears it seems to me to go more like: open A# string, downstroke A#4 chord (A and D strings open, 2nd fret G string), then downstroke A#5. It has the same ‘rolling’ vibe, but punchier. Anyway, this is kind of an elusive part of the song to me, so comments/suggestions would be helpful.
headwhop26Posted at 23:34h, 12 November
You know, I hear what you mean, and I wonder if its because this song was kind of pieced together in a frankenstein kind of way. One time I heard an interview where they said that Its A Long Way was actually just a studio jam that they really liked, so they cut and pieced it all together. You can hear the change in distortion and timing and such if you listen to the intro and then skip immediately to the end.
That could explain the change in sound.
LeroyKincaidPosted at 03:23h, 13 November
Really? That’s some very interesting information!
Come to think of it, the song always sounded like a bit of a jam.
headwhop26Posted at 06:54h, 13 November
Ive looked for a bit here, and I cant find the interview, but I remember what they said. George just said to keep going, and they spliced it together later.
rjofigPosted at 16:45h, 13 November
Alright, if you eventually find it, let us know, that’d be interesting to read. Thanks!
sirgregginsPosted at 23:12h, 09 November
Could you post another video giving a slow break down of what to pluck and when. I’m a beginner and I LOVE this song. I want to learn it but i’m still learning tabs. If you could post a beginner friendly version tat’d be amazing. Great stuff though already
rjofigPosted at 15:27h, 07 November
Fil, glad you reposted this! One of my favorite tutorials (and I’m glad it seems you’re getting into tutorial mode full-speed 🙂
You spend some much time and energy on them, and I (like many of us here) learn a lot from them.. so, as one of your “pupils” I feel the very least I owe you is show how much your tutorials have mattered. So, here’s a little track showing where I am now:
Much, so much to learn yet (it’s a long way, and I’m enjoying the ride), but I’ve learned a good deal since last year when I started, and much of it from you. Thanks, man, what you do means a lot.
headwhop26Posted at 04:46h, 07 November
I always felt that to play this song correctly, each finger has to really have a life of its own, like you see on your hands.
This is my favorite AC/DC jam. By far. And you get an amazing tone out of it.
guitarlord26Posted at 02:56h, 07 November
Fil, can I ask you a very in depth question?
Back then when you were making your first youtube videos, did you ever, EVER, imagine the possibility if you having your own site, or as some might say; you’re own home for other classic rock guitarists?
also, will you be uploading the AC/DC playing tips tutorial?
Michael91Posted at 22:22h, 06 November
This is my favourite video of you.
Im glad you’ve posted it back
SoloDallasPosted at 22:26h, 06 November
Thanks Mike 🙂