Back in Black – AC/DC

Back in Black – AC/DC - Drum Beat

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The song Back in Black was written as a tribute to AC/DC's original singer, Bon Scott, who had died only weeks earlier in 1980. Back in Black (the album) went on to become the second best selling record of all time.

This instantly recognisable beat and rhythmic figure is heard in the introduction section of the song. Beginning on beat two of the second measure, the drummer doubles the rhythm played by the guitarist – a three sixteenth note motif comprised of two notes and a rest. In the notation below, this figure has been written for the snare drum only. Starting with this simplified version will give you the counting, sticking and rhythmic skills required to execute the figure precisely.

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Steve Ley
Steve Ley is a professional drummer, teacher, writer and Sheet Music Team Director for Online Drummer. He studied at the Australian National University, graduating with a Diploma of Music specializing in jazz performance.