Angus Young's Scales and Licks

Learn how to become more familiar with the scales Angus Young (from legendary rock group AC/DC) uses in his licks.

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The Angus Young lead guitar sound originates from his unique application of the common major and minor pentatonic scales, as well as, how he employs the diminished 5th tones from the blues scale.

He orchestrates his sound by cris-crossing these scales against classic, "blue notes," to create very interesting combination scale sounds, (for which Angus has become so well known for).

These "blue notes," will primarily include the major and minor 3rd, as well as, the perfect 5th and diminished 5th.

By working on these combined pentatonic scale patterns and through studying a number of his solos, you can begin to attain both a similar feel for his style and a good understanding for his application of these combined pentatonic scales on the guitar. Enjoy the lesson!

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About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels, Skype lessons and websites. www.andrewwasson.com

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    RabidPikachu
    Quick Summary - He plays the blues scale.
    tony.boyko.5
    But, its not exactly the "Blues Scale" because it combines notes from Major Pentatonic and Minor. Like he'd said, its a "Combination Scale." Its not just Blues Scale.