Bad Boy Boogie by AC/DC | rhythm & solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Bad Boy Boogie" from the 1977 album Let There Be Rock by AC/DC.
Check out this performance of Bad Boy Boogie from 1978. It's at Essex University and it really captures what rock'n'roll is all about...even though it looks like Bon Scott might have had a few too many beers haha.
November 18, 2017 was a very sad day as it marked the passing of Malcolm Young, the heart and soul of AC/DC. He had a real talent for coming up with those amazing rock riffs. There's so much thought and planning in his and Angus' guitar parts. They're extremely meticulous and they work together perfectly. Here's a link to a Guitar World article where Angus discusses Malcolm's playing, it's really interesting.
For me Let There Be Rock and Powerage are their two best albums. They were produced by George Young, Malcolm and Angus's older brother (who just passed away in October of 2017...) and Henry Vanda, both of whom were in a sixties band called The Easybeats. They were able to capture the raw energy of the band and although Highway To Hell is an excellent record, with Mutt Lange's production it sounds maybe a little too polished compared to the previous two albums. Also, Bon Scott was the best singer/front man any band could ever have and for me, the three albums mentioned are the only ones I ever listen to. Everything after that just doesn't work for me...
Anyways, this is a great tune and it shows you what you can do with just a bit of gain and really well written and arranged guitar parts. AC/DC is always about the rhythm guitar and although Angus is a great lead guitarist, it's never the solos that do it for me, it's always the catchy and tight rhythm riffs and the way they're organized between the two guitars. Malcolm was truly one of the greatest players and writers the rock world has ever seen. I know that I've learned a ton about guitar playing from transcribing his tunes. Learning any AC/DC song is like a master class in how to play rock guitar!
These guys are extremely hard to cop, and playing against a drum machine like I did in my demo, makes it hard to get the right feel. Phil Rudd is a killer drummer and although they've had a bunch of other guys drumming over the years, no one else can hold a candle to him. His groove is like no other and is a huge part of their sound!
I had a great time working on this tune so I hope you enjoy the videos. RIP Malcolm Young...
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