AC/DC / James Hill – Thunderstruck


James Hill / AC/DC – Thunderstruck (Tab)

You might notice the lack of an mp3 for this one. That’s because it’s way beyond my abilities. You really need to use a pick to play this right and I’m hopeless with those rhino’s toenails. You’ll just have to watch James Hill do it here (Thunderstruck starts around 1:00). He plays the riff in D-tuning and exactly the same way as it’s played on guitar (so it’s a fifth higher than the original).

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  1. MC Safety September 30th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Let’s face it, if James Hill can play it, the majority of the world can’t.

    Though I have made headway on a very dumbed-down version of his Mario arrangement.

  2. Woodshed September 30th, 2008 10:33 pm

    MC: Yep, that’s about the size of it. James is the greatest uke player in the world right now. No competition.

  3. Cardboardfrog October 1st, 2008 2:14 pm

    and shall i ask him which cross roads i have to go to meet satan to aqquire such skills?
    or do you think any will do?

  4. Jeff October 1st, 2008 3:05 pm

    All of this on one string. It was very addictive. I hard a hard time putting the uke down and going to sleep.

  5. Woodshed October 2nd, 2008 6:49 pm

    cbf: Do they have anything exciting like crossroads in Canada? Perhaps he sold his soul at a roundabout.

    Jeff: I’m with you on the couldn’t put it down front. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve picked the uke up for ‘a quick 5 minute strum.’

  6. Variant December 22nd, 2008 7:26 am

    I prefer playing the song on the last string, as I have a tendency of messing up otherwise.
    I also just strum very fast with my fingers.

  7. Woodshed December 22nd, 2008 8:00 pm

    Variant: Good idea. Anything that makes this easier to play is worth trying.

  8. Sharpen March 15th, 2009 9:26 am

    Just thought of a good idea while watching this. If you use your picking fingers ALL on one string, you can get quite impressive speeds.

  9. Woodshed March 15th, 2009 2:34 pm

    Sharpen: Yeah, you can do. I usually find it best to use just my index and middle alternating. Although I do use my ring finger as well for tremolos.

  10. Yep April 5th, 2010 5:53 pm

    This video is highly impressive, but the part where he plays thunderstruck is by far the easiest.
    With a pick it’s very easy to play this…But if you don’t like to use a pick, do some tapping without strumming (the original on the guitar is played just with the left hand). It sounds good.

  11. Woodshed April 7th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Yep: Saying it’s the easiest is a long way from saying it’s easy.

  12. Adrian April 22nd, 2010 11:17 pm

    Actually this as pretty easy, the speed he played it at was ridiculous. But it took me like five minutes to learn.

  13. liam May 7th, 2010 10:45 pm

    not joking but i found this really simple but mind you i have been playin guitar for 5 years but i can nail this

  14. Kent January 9th, 2011 6:21 pm

    truly a rock god is he who wrote such a masterpiece… still sounds great on the uke at about half-speed

  15. Woodshed January 16th, 2011 11:23 am

    Kent: Angus is the king. No doubt about it.

  16. CountPancake February 25th, 2011 5:41 pm

    Had a go at it. And it would be hard to play it at a ridiculously high speed but once you can do shifts down 9nth fret your fine, but that might be because my Uke has one of those white dots on the twelfth.

  17. CountPancake February 25th, 2011 5:43 pm

    Just checked the fretts to make sure i was playing it right and its still kind of easyish once you can remeber the shifts

  18. Woodshed February 26th, 2011 5:26 pm

    CountPancake: Thanks for the pointers.

  19. Doomdonkey February 26th, 2011 7:15 pm

    CountPancake/Woodshed are you being ssrcastic?

  20. Woodshed February 28th, 2011 5:51 pm

    Doomdonkey: A little. Stated blog policy is that if you declare the easiness of a difficult piece you have to provide video evidence. I was in a good mood at the time so I stuck with sarcasm.

  21. CountPancake February 28th, 2011 8:53 pm

    Hey wo there. I didn’t say i was perfect at it. I just said that once the shifts are there it would be easy because the actual fretts to play are near. and anyway i don’t have web cam/ camera.

  22. Salty September 19th, 2011 11:06 pm

    If you use hammer ons it’s quite a bit easier, which is to say it’s still really hard.

  23. Sarah D. August 23rd, 2014 1:36 am

    theres a much easier way to play this:

    ---------------
    -4-7-4-7-5-8-5-8
    4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 etc., THEN
    ---------------
    7-5-4-5-2-4-2-0
    -0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0
    ---------------
    ---------------1-2-1-2 REPEAT

  24. Woodshed August 23rd, 2014 7:09 am

    Sarah D: Thanks! I still much prefer the other way though.

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