Highway to Hell (Angus)

Animated Highway to Hell (Angus) tab by AC/DC on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This song is definitive Angus - pumping out tight rock riffs and finishing with a mighty solo. Although the song is recorded in Eb (tune everything down 1 fret), we've used standard tuning here (Low E A D G B E) to save you having to retune.

Malcom on rhythm guitar only joins in during the choruses and outro (while the solo is played). His rhythm guitar part isn't exactly the same as Angus during the choruses - we'll take a look at that in the next ActionTab.

This is the band to emulate if you want to learn tight timing basics on rock guitar. The opening riff for this song is a typical example.

The opening (main) riff uses the following 3 chords:

A major - D major - G major

Switching between the chords will take a bit of practice - especially the quick changes between the D and G major chords. The easiest way for most people is to use the thumb for the low F# note on the D chord, then use the 2nd finger for the low G note on the G chord. The strumming directions shown in the ActionTab will help you on these parts - notice that you start the D to G strums with an upstroke.

It's important to mute the strings inbetween chord segments. We show you the fingers used for the muting here. However, you may prefer to mute with other fingers and / or palm mute the strings with your strumming hand instead. How you mute is much more down to your own preference, but you must mute to get those clean breaks between chords!

The chorus is straightforward enough - lead in with the low E5 powerchord (downstrokes only, getting progressively heavier on the strikes). Then play:

A major - D5 - quick G major chord (on the open strings as your fretboard fingers are en route to the fuller G major chord - End with D5. Repeat.

The solo is laced with classic hard rock / blues licks mainly using the A and E pentatonic minor scales. Kick things off with a classic A minor blues bend. It's a cool solo, with plenty of bends and classic Angus licks...a lot of fun to play!

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