AC/DC – Shoot To Thrill Guitar Lesson (Part 1)

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In this Shoot To Thrill guitar lesson video series, I will show you how to play this AC/DC classic note-for-note.

As with most AC/DC songs, “Shoot To Thrill” is a fantastic rhythm and lead guitar workout. Guitarists Malcomb and Angus Young produced a hard rock classic with this one.

We will be using the original tuning of standard tuning in this video lesson.

Angus Young starts it all off with a quick little blues based riff around an A power chord. Malcomb Young then enters with an extremely tight riff based around G and D power chords. Getting this riff just right can be difficult. Pay close attention to the muted bass notes. Also, make sure you watch to see the difference between the way Malcomb’s riff is played in the intro as opposed to how it’s play during the verse sections.

From there “Shoot To Thrill” goes into the pre-chorus which includes a very aggressive rhythm on the “Hendrix Chord” E7#9.

When we get to the first solo section you will see that chord aging before Angus Young launches into some blues based doublestops to begin his solo. When it comes to Angus Young solos, this one is one of his easiest.

I will end the first video lesson after the first solo.

In the second lesson video, I will demonstrate how to play the guitar parts for Malcomb and Angus Young in a very in-depth fashion. This breakdown section requires you to be pretty fluent with hybrid picking in order to play Angus Young’s guitar part.

I will finish out the lesson with a note-for-note breakdown of Angus Young’s outro solo. This solo is quite a bit more difficult to play than the first one, but I will break it down phrase-by-phrase to help you get it down quickly. Enjoy!



  1. Damn how do you get that tone out of a strat?!

  2. How does he always have the right sound for every lesson? What is he using?

  3. Thank you carl once again you saved me a lot of time, me thinking this would be easy to figure out on my own was wrong Malcolm's unique style of rhythm gives this tune the kick although the chord combinations are basic, the way he jams gives this tune a personality of its own.

  4. Thanks , really like your lessons. What amp, pedal , settings are you using with your Strat ? Thank you . I bought a Gibson to get that sound . I'm at stage 2 1/2 guitar player , so not that accomplished.

  5. Аааа зачем ты играешь рок на стратокастере? Зачем? Там три сингла, Карл!

  6. Can you do touch too much acdc

  7. When ever I do open chords on my electric they don’t sound good, why is that? Plz help

  8. Jonathan Thornton

    Hey man how you adjust your guitar and amp to get such a nice rock tone from Strat?

  9. Awesome tone

  10. great job love the way you teach guitar

  11. would like to learn any FASTER PUSSYCAT especially babylon!

  12. What’s the Hendrix chord actually called

  13. this guy has the best videos and most accurate versions of the songs.(in my opinion)
    when im wanting to learn a song I only click on GuitarLessons365
    has helped me learn a lot the past few years

  14. You need to shave

  15. Heatseeker lesson please? One of the best AC/DC songs which I have never found a tutorial for thanks 🙂

  16. After two weeks I had now viewed this lesson.Also thanks Carl I now know my third ac/dc song.

  17. Nice job mate, keep it up

  18. Thank you for doing this, I somehow missed the first video! But I did request it, so thank you if you saw my comment! 🙂

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