Back in Black

Animated Back in Black tab by AC/DC on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This title song for the Back in Black Album is a must-know for all AC DC addicts. It rocks.

The song structure shown in the ActionTab is:


E - D - A + frilly bit 1

E - D - A + frilly bit 2*


* There are 2 ways of playing this frilly bit, discussed and shown later below


A - E - B - A - B (twice)

G - D - A - (G) - A (twice)

A - E - B - A - B (same as 1st twice again)

G - D

Repeat the verse and chorus again, then:


This is an extended variation of frilly bit 2 (see above in the Verse), with 2 identical licks played from the Open E and Open A strings.

End the song with another Chorus.

So here's what's going on in the song:

The verses revolve around the simple E - D - A chord progression which first appears at the start of the song. There are 2 distinct 'frilly bits' at the end of each E A D sequence. Give the E D A chords sharp stabs and mute them straight after playing them - either with your fretboard hand or your strumming hand (or both).

The 1st frilly bit is a short, fast (but quite simple) descending run down the E pentatonic minor scale. It starts with the G (fret 3 on the high E string), then E, D, B, A - use a full bend, returning back to the A, and then pull off to the open G note. Use your first finger to do this bend / pull off. It will make the following E chord easier to play, because when playing quickly, you only need to pull off the finger and move it straight to the E chord in one flowing move. While you are doing this, the open G note will naturally sound out inbetween.

The 2nd frilly bit is easier and this ActionTab shows the 2 different ways of playing it...

1. The first way is played on the Low E string alternating between the B note (fret 7) and the previous 3 notes on the same string. This is the easy way to play that part of the song, and beginners should definitely get used to this way first.

2. However, there is also the Angus way of playing it - In the ActionTab this is shown in the second verse (after the first chorus). Instead of playing the B note on the low E string, he uses the B note on fret 2 of the A string. This means some serious stretching and work for your little finger to get those lower notes...but is definitely good practice.

You can play this frilly bit either way - both sound great. There's no avoiding similar finger stretches later in the song (e.g. during the 'bridge'), so we definitely recommend practicing it the second way if you are up to the challenge!

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