You Shook Me All Night Long Guitar Lesson – AC/DC

In these couple of lesson videos I will show you how to play "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC in it's entirety.

The first video demonstrates all of the riffs that make up this classic rock masterpiece. The intro is probably the most difficult of all the riffs to play. That intro uses a little bit of hybrid picking to make it sound like the album. If you don't have any experience with hybrid picking it can definitely take some time to get used to. But developing the ability to hybrid pick on the guitar can drastically expand your playing so I highly suggest learning how to do it.

There are plenty of lessons here at GL365 that demonstrate hybrid picking in detail with some great exercises to go along with them. Or you can start learning the technique by tackling this intro to "You Shook Me All Night Long".

All the other riffs are quite basic and won't pose much of a challenge to a majority of guitarists out there. In fact, all the riffs that occur after the intro would be great for a beginner guitarist to learn since they are very physically demanding by teach good rhythm skills.

The guitar solo (taught in the second lesson video) is mostly based around the G minor pentatonic scale and includes a few nice and challenging techniques that you can practice.

In this Shook Me All Night Long guitar lesson I will fully explain all of those little details that make this solo so great. The biggest challenge is definitely all of the bending going on during the solo. There isn't a lot of fast flashy stuff which can make this solo sound easy, but rest assured those bends will take some work for most players.

We not only have your standard type of bends but some pre-bends as well which ratchet up the difficult level quite a bit.

My suggestion when going through guitar solo lesson of this You Shook Me All Night Long guitar lesson video series is to memorize the first section first, then the higher octave section after that.

That will enable you to concentrate on the individual difficulties of each section without getting to bogged in all those bends. 🙂

Good luck with this masterful classic rock song from the great AC/DC and Angus Young!

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You Shook Me All Night Long Guitar Lesson Pt.1 -  All The Riffs

You Shook Me All Night Long Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Guitar Solo


  1. Tommy Radcliffe on May 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Carl: Thanks again for the reminder of this classic AC/DC song from years ago. Got it all
    back with your refresher. I would like to make another donation now, but I can’t until around the 3rd of April, when I get paid. I’ll send you a bit of dough then. Thanks a lot.

  2. Ethan Culek-Schaeffer on May 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you Carl, for unlocking countless songs to me and helping me progress as a guitarist. I know you probably get countless requests for new songs, but I would love to learn rock and roll ain’t noise pollution and shoot to thrill. Thanks again Carl, love your work.

  3. Frank Montalti on November 18, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Rest in Peace Malcolm Young

  4. zois asimakopoulos on November 20, 2017 at 7:51 am

    RIP Malcom … sad day …

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