Hey! This week we’re going to show you how to play “Come As You Are” by Nirvana. This is one of those tunes that never really wanes in popularity (because it’s SOOO GOOOD!). Maybe it’s because I was also born/raised on the west coast, but there’s some kind of dreary beauty associated with songs like this – really makes me feel a lot better on those gray Vancouver days!
This is actually a pretty packed lesson: we start off by talking about tuning. This song is actually in “D-Standard” tuning, and I explain how to re-tune your guitar, BUT to keep things simple, we’re going to stay in “E-Standard” tuning (the regular one) so no worries there!
First up is the riff, we go through it a few notes at a time, making sure you’re using the right fingers so you can play it easily and get the right feel. Then we go over the “memoria” part, and then the “well I swear that I don’t have a gun” bit. Finally, we go over the solo, which is one of the easier guitar solos you’ll come across (aside from that “pedal” bend at the end).
All-in-all, this is a very intricate song that can be REALLY simple if you break it down like we show you in the video. I hope you enjoy learning it and hopefully the neighbours don’t complain too much 😀
‘Til next time!