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The twin guitar attack of Malcolm and Angus Young have conjured up countless rock anthems and in these video lessons we are going to take a look at one of their finest “Hells Bells”.
The intro to “Hells Bells” contains an arpeggiated picking sequence that also serves as the chorus. It is pretty simple to play except for the quick shifts down to the short power chords that end the riff. You may have to isolate that shift in your practice to get it down smoothly.
There is a some really nice hard rock rhythm guitar work going on throughout the whole song. It has the kind of groove that AC/DC is well known for and provides a steady driving pulse throughout the entire song.
In this Hells Bells guitar lesson video I will be teaching you all the riffs and solos in their entirety note-for-note!
Whenever there are two rhythm guitar parts being played together I do cover both of them in the riff video lesson. That generally happens coming out of the intro riff.
As with any AC/DC song, it is very important to keep the rhythm guitar parts very tight. Malcolm Young has long been considered one of the greatest rock rhythm guitarists of all time and for good reason.
The guitar solo for “Hells Bells” is simply killer. The first half contains a bunch of really cool bluesy double stop licks before Angus Young launches into his typical high pyrotechnic blues based soloing. It is a very catchy solo that is singable the whole way through while still containing plenty of flashy guitar stuff.
The outro solo is more of the same starting with a repeated melodic phrase that launches into a more extended soloing section. It is great fun to play and an excellent study for any guitar player.
Because of the soloing involved with playing “Hells Bells”, I would put it at an upper intermediate to advanced level. The rhythm guitar parts wouldn’t require that level of ability to pull of so those would be great for just about anyone.
So take your time and have fun learning this AC/DC classic. You will be well rewarded with some serious guitar chops if you do. 🙂