Angus Beef

With a few 4x12 cabinets behind you and your volume knob halfway up, up-tempo triads plucked on the high strings sound more than a little meaty. Angus Young scooped up the patent on this approach with his signature breakdown on “Shoot to Thrill” and his famous intro to “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” which are the inspirations behind the two licks below. Luckily, you don’t have to have a rock star rig to get this savory sound. Dial in a half-dirty grind using any amp that overdrives decently, use your bridge pickup, pluck each example fingerstyle (or with a hybrid pick-and-fingers attack), and the chords will have that juicy and staccato AC/DC flavor. Notice that the second riff alternates between a fretted B and its open octave 12 frets below—this adds dimension.