Thunderstruck: Shedding a song Talking-Technique Style

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Thunderstruck Technique!

Sure, learning songs is very important; at the same time, I am a big proponent of technique drills on the bass. But why not combine both worlds for a nice double whammy?

That’s what this episode of Talking Technique is about. Get ready to be thunderstruck talking-technique style, because AC/DC inspired a pretty drastic drill here!

AC/DC’s Thunderstruck opening riff becomes the focus here. And since I got so many questions and comments about that: no, it is not a hammer on/pull off situation. Many people make it that to make it easier to play. But if you listen to the record, Angus plucks every note.

To make it work on the bass, we have to change the key to make the necessary open strings available. So, if you want to try this in unison with your guitar player at band rehearsal, make sure to give em a heads up!


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  • Kevin M Gonyo
    April 13, 2018, 07:59  Reply

    Great video Ari! I have to admit that I watched with amazement … great stuff!

  • Anonymous
    April 13, 2018, 15:52  Reply

    You are BEYOND AWESOME! BAM! What was the that? The door to the shed!!!!

  • Jesse Perez
    April 23, 2018, 23:17  Reply

    Thank you such a fun way to practice technique. Bring together a lot of elements to work on.

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