T.N.T. Guitar Lesson – AC/DC

In this T.N.T. guitar lesson video series, I will show you note-for-note how to play one of AC/DC's most beloved songs in it's entirety.

As I mention in the video lessons, the tuning for T.N.T. on the original recording is a little bit flat and not quite standard tuning. This could have been intentional during the recording process, or perhaps just something that happened during the mixing/mastering phase. In any case, trying to play along with the original recording will sound off whether you are tuned to standard or a half-step down. The original tuning lies somewhere between those two tunings.

There are videos on YouTube that have taken the original recording and raised the pitch back to standard tuning, so that may good resource to use when attempting to practice along with the track.

In the first video I will cover all of the riffs and the outro section. These riffs are extremely simple and would be a great rhythm workout for the beginning rock guitarist to learn. However, the rhythms also need to be very tight rhythmically. Focus on staying in the pocket.

In the second video lesson I will tackle Angus Young's short but fiery guitar solo note-for-note. Unlike the riffs found in this T.N.T. guitar lesson series, the solo has some very challenging licks thrown in there. In fact, for the most part, the solo is almost entirely made of a fast alternate picked licks based around the pentatonic and blues scales. I suggest isolating each one of these licks and practicing as a separate technical exercise until you can get it up to speed. From there, just putt everything together as you get all the licks under control.

Besides being one of classic rock's most beloved songs, "T.N.T." offers something great to learn for all guitar levels. I hope you can find your own inspiration from these lessons. 🙂


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T.N.T. Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Riffs - AC/DC

T.N.T. Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Solo - AC/DC


  1. frank paparo on February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Quick question, I have asked you a question a couple months ago about learning that neat little intro that he does on his highway to hell video, where he rises up from the stage it looks like he’s coming from hell, is this solo that neat little Intro he does? Also can we learn it if it isn’t ? I have learned the whole song but that little intro really gives it the wow factor

    • Carl Brown on February 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Hey Frank, can you send me a link to the video you are referring to so I can take a quick look at what he is doing?

  2. frank paparo on February 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  3. mark roddy on April 30, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I’m new as a member. i have been learning quite a few of the songs for a while and have been enjoying your free lessons on youtube. Im really hoping you expand your paid lessons. Honestly Im really surprised that you offer so much for FREE on youtube? Ive been wanting to pay you for some time now for your services. the discounted membership set it off for me and now I’m on board. song request. Loudness Rock and Roll Crazy Nights.

    • Carl Brown on May 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Mark, I am currently adding lots of new stuff to the Premium section so be sure to check back every week!

      When it comes to song requests, I obviously can’t do all the ones people ask for. However, if enough people request it, I would be happy to do it. 🙂

  4. frank paparo on October 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hey Carl,
    So I learned this whole song, the rhythm was easy and I also learned solo. What exercises should I do to increase my speed because he is really flying through the solo do you have any particular exercises in mind? I do know all my five positions of major minor in blues And that has helped me tremendously. Any suggestions would really be appreciated

    • Carl Brown on October 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I think the best technique exercises on the site are the ones in the Alternate Picking Mastery for Guitar course.

      Within that course there is a section on pentatonic scale picking technique. You should start from chapter one though and work your way up through to the pentatonic section.

      You can also try breaking the licks that are in the solo down and practicing them with speed bursts like I demonstrate in this lesson https://guitarlessons365.com/guitar-speed-bursts-breaking-your-own-speed-barrier/

      I think speed bursts are the best way to speed up your playing up while maintaining accuracy.

  5. Brenton on August 22, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    I play it on bass instead of tuning a bit to the flat side. I just slide back a half step to Ab and Gb in standard tuning. Seems to work on bass.

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