Angus Young Shows How He Bends Strings and Coaxes "Rude Noises" Out of His Guitar
Young shows how he gets "effects" without using pedals, plus siren and rifle sounds.
In early 2000, right around the time AC/DC unleashed their Stiff Upper Lip album, Angus Young grabbed a Gibson SG (or two) and sat down for an intimate on-camera interview.
During the resulting video, which you can check out above, Young discusses how he and his brother Malcolm got started on guitar, why he favors SGs over Les Pauls ("If you're a little guy like me, [a Les Paul] can give you hip displacement"] and how he developed "little chords" to compensate for the "big stretch" chords he was unable to play because of his small hands.
Best of all, Young breaks out his best Chuck Berry riffs, followed by riffs inspired by Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and John Lee Hooker. He also discusses - and demonstrates - his own approach to bending strings.
"I suppose people of an average, medium height, when they bend, they just bend the string. With me, you have to sort of lean into it. A lot of people will say they see a lot of movement when I'm on stage. But it's actually me trying to get around the fretboard [laughs]."
At the 7:02 mark, Young shows how he gets "effects" without using pedals, including "rude noises," and siren and rifle sounds. He then launches into "Stiff Upper Lip" around the 9:14 mark.
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By Jimmy Leslie