Nirvana – An influence for many of us!

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Nirvana came along in the late 80s and then became massive in early 90s

This video just gives a demonstration of a couple of riffs that influenced me. Some of us in the UK were introduced to Nirvana via the Bleach album and one of my favs off that album was Love Buzz. Nevermind really did go exponential and that was where it all got very overpowering I guess for Kurt Cobain and the others with the instant massive stardom. Can only imagine it must have been a ton of pressure. From this album, a couple of big big hits. Come as You Are, for this I just dialled in a bit of chorus. Smells Like Teen Spirit, clean on the power chord intro and a bit of grungey distortion on the edited bit (didn’t have my stomp pedal at hand!) That verse bit on Smells is just over the bass , as the bass goes G C Bb Eb the guitar just plays a chiming D G over and repeating on the top two strings, D on the B string 3rd fret and G on the top E string 3rd fret. Simplicity but sometimes those are the classic things !

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REM- Everybody Hurts – Lesson Notes

Lesson Notes – REM-Everybody Hurts with sound file(link attached)

Playing Notes:This is in 6/8 (or ¾) the best counting is 1,2,3 4,5,6 …..
For each D chord and G chord as below it is 6 notes at a time.

We then move onto a G major pattern but we skip over the A and D strings and it is best (to be accurate with the record) to get both 3rd fret placed down on the top B and E strings.

This section of music repeats x 2 times.

First chordal pattern x 2 , D major to G major

The first six notes are the D major chord arpeggio, in other words the yellow highlighted open D string is the start again of the pattern (the second set of 6 notes)..


On the third run through we come to the variation…
this is where we have a descending passing note on the second set of G major arpeggio….. We do a 3rd fret bottom string on E then play open D and G strings, then play 2nd fret (F#)bottom string and play open D and G strings….



Then let ring the E minor and A chords

we then just let ring an E minor chord…for 6 beats….count 1,2,3,4,5,6……then A chord (count 1,2,3,4,5,6) then play Em again (6 beats) and A again (6 beats)…..pause…..then back to the beginning…….


Pause for about 6 beats (no music)…then….go back to the beginning

And here’s the Sound file example for the Lesson Lesson File  >>>>>>>

Sound File for Lesson